Regent wants to see CU through changes
Efforts to restructure the University of Colorado to streamline its educational offerings while maintaining its position as the state’s premier institution need to continue, CU Regent Steve Bosley said.
The Republican from Broomfield is seeking a second, six-year term as an at-large selection to the nine-member CU Board of Regents, and the restructuring project is “part of the reason I want to stay,” Bosley told The Daily Sentinel editorial board.
The restructuring of the university has seen the number of core curriculum classes trimmed from 650 to nearly 400, Bosley said. The regents are trying to balance the offerings of a large research institution with demands that students be able to attend it, he said.
“Accessibility and affordability absolutely must be maintained,” Bosley said.
Another element of reconstruction is balancing the ideological atmosphere of the campus, he said.
“All ideas will be protected,” Bosley said.
Bosley headed the Bank of Boulder for 24 years and founded the Bolder Boulder 10K.
On the board of regents, he headed the presidential searches that resulted in the hirings of Hank Brown and the current president, Bruce Benson.
Bosley also moved the regents’ resolution to fire Ward Churchill for academic fraud.
He remains a staunch supporter of Benson, citing his ability to help the university, which has 56,000 students, meet the continuing budgetary challenges.
State support for the University of Colorado at Boulder has fallen 60 percent over the past decade, and the CU system overall faces a $50 million shortfall this year. Benson will lead the process of dealing with the shortfall with support from the regents, Bosley said.
“I understand the difference between administration and micromanaging,” he said.
At the end of the restructuring process, Bosley said, he wants to see the university emerge with the perception that it is a leader.
“I want other schools to look at us and say: What is CU doing about that?” Bosley said.
Bosley’s opponents are Melissa Hart, a Denver Democrat, and Jesse B. Wallace, a Libertarian from Denver.