Bosley for CU regent

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Republican Steve Bosley is seeking his second six-year term as an at-large candidate on the University of Colorado Board of Regents. He has an enthusiasm for CU, as well as experience and in dealing with the issues it faces. He deserves to be re-elected.

Bolsley’s challenger, Democrat Melissa Hart, the director of the constitutional law center at CU’s law school, is an intelligent and articulate woman.

But, when talking about the most critical issue facing higher education now — funding — she offers few specifics. Colorado’s colleges and universities should be working together more, she said, and the state should discuss measures to boost tax revenue for higher education.

Bosley can point to a variety of measures already taken to restructure CU, make it more efficient and cut costs. Administrative costs have been trimmed, and the number of course offerings have decreased — with those serving the fewest students being eliminated.

More cuts are likely coming, but the specifics will be determined by campus chancellors and department heads, he said.

On the revenue side, money from donations and research grants are up, and a program that works with private businesses to market inventions that come from CU’s researchers has already brought in millions and is growing rapidly.

Locals give credit to Bosley for being one of the regents most involved in helping to bring a CU engineering program to Mesa State College.

He also headed the searches that led to the hiring of former CU President Hank Brown and current President Bruce Benson.

Hart has accused Bosley of pushing an ideological agenda on the board because he supported a proposal to allow concealed weapons on CU campuses, as they are at campuses of some other colleges and universities in the state, and because he has urged the creation of a chair of conservative thought for the university. (Editor’s note: This paragraph was updated to correct information regarding the status of concealed weapons on CU campuses.

Bosley makes no apologies for either position. He argues it makes sense to offer more diverse political ideas, and students should have the same right to protect themselves as other U.S. citizens.

Those issues aside, Bosley has not been a stridently political regent. He has put the needs of the university at the top of his priority list. Voters should too, by re-electing him to the Board of Regents.



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