S.J. "Arch" Archuleta's family roots run deep in Colorado. A descendant of early Spanish explorers who settled in the state, Arch was raised on a sheep ranch in Pagosa Springs, the seat of Archuleta County bearing his family's name. His family later moved to Golden, where Arch completed high school before attending CU-Boulder on a scholarship.
Now a retired professional engineer living in Palisade, Colorado, Arch and his wife, Bonnie, are long-time supporters of the College of Engineering and Applied Science where Arch earned his bachelor's degree in architectural engineering in 1961. His education laid the groundwork for a successful career in architectural design and construction. He spent two decades as a proprietor/principal of the structural engineering consulting firm Johnson-Voiland-Archuleta (JVA, Inc.) before retiring to focus on personal investments and new business ventures.
The Archuletas recently bridged their love for CU and the Western Slope with a gift supporting a new partnership with Mesa State College in Grand Junction. In February, CU and Mesa State signed a memorandum of understanding to extend CU-Boulder's highly ranked degree program in mechanical engineering to students in residence at Mesa State. Arch and Bonnie are providing funding to CU and MSC to assist with programmatic expenses, faculty support, and student scholarships.
As a CU ambassador-at-large charged with outreach efforts on the Western Slope of Colorado, Arch has also been a financial donor and active supporter of the Western Colorado Math and Science Center. He initiated the successful nomination of an honorary doctoral degree from CU for the center's leader, John McConnell. Arch also established the Salvador Archuleta Integrated Teaching and Learning Center, the Ross B. Corotis Engineering Endowment, and the Earn-Learn Program in CU-Boulder's College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Remembering the help he got from those who mentored him decades ago, Arch hopes his gift will help rural students in western Colorado get the same thing students have on the Front Range ― access to a world-class engineering education from CU-Boulder.
A past president of the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado, Arch also served five years on the Engineering Advisory Council at CU-Boulder and in 2001 was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award honoring alumni of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
It feels good to support the education young people get here," Arch says. "People who have gone to this institution are the better for it."