Weld Distinguished Citizen Dinner

Please join us on March 10th 2018 at the Double Tree,  919 7th St, to honor Thomas E. Norton.


Thomas E. Norton

Thomas E. Norton was born in Washington State and grew up and attended high school in Lander, Wyoming. Tom has been a resident of Greeley for over 50 years and he and his wife Kay, the current President of the University of Northern Colorado, have been married for 40 years.  The Nortons have 5 grown children.

After high school, Tom earned BS and MS engineering degrees at Colorado State University, which helped prepare him for a wide-ranging career that included successful business partnerships and public service in several elected offices.

Tom’s more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry in both the private and public sector earned him national recognition as an effective and visionary leader. As founder of one and partner in two engineering consulting firms in Greeley, he gained valuable experience that, in part, led to his appointment by Governor Bill Owens as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation in 1999.  Offices held at the state level included election as a State Representative from 1986-1987 and then as a State Senator from 1987-1998, six years of which were as Senate President. Elected to local office as Greeley’s mayor in 2009, term limits ended his tenure in 2017.

As a youth growing up in Wyoming, Tom was active in scouting. He believes that his life and scouting experiences at that young age inspired and helped prepare him for the challenges and satisfaction that go along with business and civic leadership roles.