September 5, 2013 Updated: September 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm
Mike Madson still gets comments like "I saw you on the air last night."
Madson worked in town for 19 years as chief meteorologist for KKTV and then spent another six years as a weather anchor and co-anchor for KOAA-TV. He hasn't been on television for more than a year.
The continued recognition doesn't bother him, though, and he stops to talk at the grocery store or on the street to those who qualify as fans.
"One of the questions I get asked a lot is, 'Do you miss broadcasting?' The answer is 'No,' and here's the reason. Everything I do I give 100 percent while I'm doing it, and I don't look back," he said Wednesday.
The same holds true with his new job.
On Aug. 5, he became the associate dean of Pikes Peak Community College's Health and Sciences Division. He works under a new dean of the division, Evan McHugh, who was at Rock Valley College in Illinois for the past nine years.
Madson has been teaching college classes, for a while but this is his first foray into college administration.
He wanted the job so he could "pay it forward."
"I've always had spectacular administrators over me that have taken a personal interest in my career, from the president of the college to the deans of the divisions and associate deans," he said. "When the position came open, I thought I could be looking out for people like people looked out for me."
Madson left KOAA-TV in May 2012. He's been a full-time faculty member at PPCC for the past three years and has taught part time there since 2001.
He's taught geography, astronomy, weather and climate courses. He also has taught meteorology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and now is teaching several geography classes online for Colorado State University-Pueblo's distance learning program.
In his new role at PPCC, he's supervising other staff, evaluating full-time faculty, working on division goals and policies and assisting the dean with budgets and planning. He also serves as chairman of PPCC's geography department.
"I'm just really, really happy," Madson said. "PPCC has always been a wonderful place for me. The people are motivated, upbeat and striving to take the next step forward. It's an incredibly invigorating environment."
Does he have ties to weather now?
"Only interest - just like you, I watch it every day," Madson says.