Faculty Spotlight: Bob Brooks

Meet Bob Brooks

Degrees and Experience
  • MBA, Management and Economics (Abilene Christian University)
  • BBA, Business Management (McMurry University)
  • Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government (Harvard University)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Bob Brooks teaches courses in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management at Colorado Christian University. Prior to joining CCU, Brooks served as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado in Denver, teaching courses in business and leadership, as well as political science.

Brooks has over 25 years of experience in city and county management in Texas, Kansas, and Colorado and was elected to two terms as a county commissioner in Arapahoe County. Brooks also served as a partner in a national consulting firm and as a member of Gov. Bill Owens' cabinet as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

He has served as a member of almost 40 civic and professional affiliations, including a number of state and national task forces and committees. He has presented and written numerous state and national publications. He is a founding member of the E-470 Public Highway Authority board of directors and past president of the Association of Colorado County Administrators. He has been honored by many organizations, including "County Administrator of the Year" by the Association of Colorado County Administrators, the first such award conferred by that body.

Brooks was blessed to have been raised in a Christian home and has continually grown in his faith. He has been an elder in two of his churches and was the chief executive officer of Highline Community Church for five years. Brooks tries to incorporate the Word of God in every course assignment and encourages students to view every decision and every thought through a Christian worldview. CCU, Highline Community Church, and his family are the center of Brooks' world.

Journal Publications
  • Brooks B., "Special Districts: Why so special?" Colorado Real Estate Journal, August - September 2006, page 52.
  • Brooks, B., and Harwell, C., "Attaining Financial Sustainability in an Uncertain Fiscal Climate," Colorado Municipalities, vol. 86, no. 1, 2010, pp. 12-13.
  • Brooks, B., "Special Districts Join to Promote Growth in I-25 Southeast Corridor," SDA newsletter, December 2007, pp. 1 - 2.
  • Brooks, B., "Excessive Government or Anarchy - Must We Choose??" CCI Commentator, November/December 1997. pp. 26 - 27.
  • Governor's Task Force on Victim's Support for the Columbine High School Tragedy. Summary Report. Submitted to Gov. Bill Owens July 13, 2000.
  • Transition plan for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, submitted to Gov. Bill Owens October 2002.
  • "Review of the Department of Public Works Proposed Office Building," Submitted to the City of Glendale, Colorado, July 2007.
  • "Report to the Board of Commissioners, Urban Renewal Authority of Pueblo, Colorado, A Performance Audit of the Pueblo Convention Center Operations," April 2005.
  • "Grassroots Government in Colorado: How Does Weld County Compare? A Colorado Comparative County Study," Centennial Institute. March 2014. Section 3: How Weld County's Public Administration and Budgeting Measure Up: Public Administration: A 360 Performance Review pp. 39 - 47. Comparison of Service Levels Across Six Counties, pp. 60 - 61.
Presentations and Invited Lectures
  • Conference Presentation, "Growth of Special Districts in Colorado," Colorado Chapter American Planning Association Conference, October 5, 2007.
  • Paper Presentation, "Attaining Financial Sustainability in an Uncertain Fiscal Climate," Colorado Municipal League Annual Conference, June 24, 2010.
  • Committee Briefing, "Colorado Department of Local Affairs," Joint meeting of Colorado House and Senate Local Government Committees. January 31, 2003.
  • Keynote Address, "City Council Orientation," City of Glendale, Colorado, May 2, 2006.
  • Keynote Address, "City Council Orientation," City of Glendale, Colorado, April 12, 2010.
  • Keynote Address, "Leadership," Douglas County Leadership Graduation Ceremony, Douglas County, Colorado, July 12, 2000.
  • Keynote Address, "Strategy for Incorporation," Black Forrest Incorporation Committee, March 20, 2007.
  • Keynote Address, "Volunteerism in America," Northeast Colorado Council of Governments, Philanthropy Days Conference. Fort Morgan, Colorado, May 4, 2000.
  • Seminars/Workshops, "Hiring of a County Manager," National Association of Counties, General Session Presentation, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 1989