As we move closer to the election, I want to call to your attention to the importance of the University of Colorado Board of Regents race.
The Regents make decisions related to a $3 billion budget, set yearly tuitions, add or eliminate degrees and programs, oversee the four CU campuses, set strategic goals, represent the families and students of their congressional district, and decide on tenure.
As your regent I will ensure that CU remains affordable and accessible and that its resources and expertise play a larger role in our communities. For instance, CU is a partner in a pre-collegiate program in the Roaring Fork Valley, supports the Western Colorado Math and Science Center, has jointly established an engineering program at Colorado Mesa University and is active in supporting hospitals and clinics. I have participated in some of the above projects and believe with my representation other partnerships are possible. CU is a leading research university in the nation and is critical to health care, and with 66,000 students impacts education, businesses, attracts new companies, jobs and dollars to the entire state.
The complexity of this position needs someone that knows the intricacy of the state’s educational system and government and has a strong business background to help move the university forward in these challenging times.
I have the experience, knowledge, education and passion for this position having 26 years in education as a teacher, coach, principal and assistant superintendent in Eagle and Mesa counties, president of The Gallegos Corporation that employed 1,000 people in five Western states, and served on many boards: CMU Board of Trustees (president), Western Colorado Community College, and Governor’s Education Council, Partners, and so on.
In addition, as Tillie Bishop leaves this position I want to thank him for his many years of public service and full endorsement of my candidacy.
Candidate for 3rd Congressional District regent