Richard Bond, who led Colorado's University of Northern Colorado for 10 years, died Oct.
4 at the age of 95, the AP reports.
According to the Greeley Tribune, his obituary says he "acted as the driving force for educational efforts in Greeley for more than 50 years."
The West Virginia native earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Salem College and his Ph.D.
in zoology from the University of Wisconsin before moving on to several higher education roles, including vice president for academic affairs at Colorado College in New York and Illinois State University.
He also founded Salida del Sol Academy, a K-8 charter school in Greeley.
After he retired from UNC, he served three terms in the Colorado Legislature and authored the Post- Options Act, which made it easier for high school students to enroll in college courses while still in high school, the Tribune reports.
He also founded The Greeley Dream Team, which encourages high school students to stay in school and plan for college.
The executive director of The Greeley Dream Team says Bond was an "amazing man of character who valued his family, community, and access to education."
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