Born in Kerrville, Texas in August 1931, Professor Brooks received his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Texas, and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in 1960. He joined the faculty of Colorado College's Political Science Department in the fall of 1960, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1961, to Associate Professor in 1964, and to Full Professor in 1970. Brooks was the chief architect of Colorado College's Block Plan, which went into effect in the fall of 1970. From 1979 through 1987, he served as Dean of the College, and from 1991 to 1993 as Director of Strategic Planning. His principal interests in public policy and in curricular and managerial reform in higher education led him to international consultancies in Africa and at the Universidad de Puebla, Mexico.
Fred A. Sondermann was born in Horn, Germany, in 1923 and came to the United States in 1939. He received his B.A. from Butler University in 1949, his M.A. from Indiana University in 1950, and his Ph.D. in international relations from Yale University in 1953. Professor Sondermann was a member of the Department of Political Science from 1953 to 1978. He served as Associate Dean of the College from 1962 to 1965, and as Director of the Colorado College Symposium Series from 1963 through 1968. Actively involved in civic affairs, he served on the Colorado Springs City Planning Commission, the City Council, and the Colorado Land Use Commission.