Jessica Garrow for CU Board of Regents
The campaign for a seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents is rarely a high-profile race. Still, the CU Board of Regents is important because it is the policy-setting body for Colorado’s flagship university.
We are fortunate to have two highly qualified candidates running from Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. Our choice for the regent seat from the 3rd District is Democrat Jessica Garrow of Carbondale.
Garrow is an enthusiastic young woman, a 2004 graduate of CU Boulder, who has clearly done a great deal of homework on CU and its issues.
She is running against Glenn Gallegos, a Republican from Grand Junction, who is touting his considerable experience in K-12 education, in private business and in higher education, having served four years as a member of the Board of Trustees of what is now Colorado Mesa University.
Gallegos is a strong candidate with solid experience in multiple areas. As a letter on this page today notes, he was instrumental in helping to bring the engineering partnership between CU and CMU to Grand Junction. We believe he would serve admirably on the Board of Regents.
But Garrow has offered more creative ideas for dealing with issues facing CU. For example, while both candidates speak of keeping CU tuition affordable, Garrow offered the most specific ideas. She noted that out-of-state students have been able to lock in a tuition rate that is guaranteed not to increase for four years. “We need to do that for in-state students,” she said.
Not immediately, but for the longer term, Garrow said the regents must work with the state Legislature and voters throughout the state on some sort of ballot measure that would ensure long-term funding for public colleges and universities.
“Without it, we’re looking at privatizing higher education, and that’s scary,” she said.
Gallegos said the best way to improve CU’s financial situation is to grow the state’s economy.
Both candidates also said they want to develop more public-private partnerships to bring additional funds to the university.
Garrow and Gallegos also differ on the Asset Bill that has been considered by the Legislature. Garrow supports the bill, which would create a third tier of tuition for children of illegal immigrants who meet certain academic criteria. The Daily Sentinel has also supported the measure.
However, Garrow said CU shouldn’t attempt to implement such a policy on its own, as Metro State College in Denver has done. CU should only adopt the policy if it is approved by the state Legislature, she said.
Vote for Janet Garrow for CU Board of Regents, 3rd Congressional District.