Bosley stumping for CU at-large seat
FRISCO – Steve Bosley, candidate for the at-large position for the University of Colorado board of regents, wants Summit County residents to know the importance of the regent board, even if they have no kids of college age.That’s a challenge in a county that’s far removed from the CU system, and where many people don’t even know what a regent does.Colorado is one of four states that elects its state university regents, who serve as the governing board of the CU system and advises the administration and president Elizabeth Hoffman. The board is made up of nine regents, one from each congressional district and two at-large positions. Hoffman is responsible for the overall structure of the three universities at Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver.The board has come into the limelight in recent months after the football recruitment scandals at CU-Boulder and, even more recently, the death of a student found dead after drinking too much alcohol.
Bosley, who is running against Jennifer Mello for the at-large seat, noted that the CU system directly affects taxpayers statewide, particularly in light of the budget woes facing the state.In 1990, 25 percent of the university was state-funded, he said. Today, that’s less than 9 percent.”By 2009, there will be no funding for higher education in Colorado if nothing changes,” Bosley said. “CU would probably survive as a private school with five times the tuition. It would also wipe out the rest of higher ed. It’s so unacceptable. The finance issue affects everyone of us. The legislature has to come up with a plan and take it to voters.”Bosley cites his 30-plus years in the banking industry as a reason he’d be a good advisor to make the CU system more efficient.Bosley said he has tremendous respect for Hoffman and the tough decisions she’s had to make in regards to the athletic recruitment and party atmosphere at CU-Boulder.
“She knows there needs to be change,” he said. “She’s willing to take risks. She’s a fantastic lobbyist, a fantastic fire-fighter, a fantastic fundraiser. Let’s take her other talents and apply the rest of her leadership for change.”Another issue Bosley wants to address is the party school atmosphere.”The majority of students have pride in their school and don’t like this image,” he said. “We can’t let a minority of students hijack the image of the school. The conduct of a few is getting national focus.”The third issue Bosley wants to address is the athletic recruitment problem.”There are extremists who say people should have been fired,” he said. “I take exception. They weren’t in the room during the debate, in the closed sessions. They didn’t have the exchange of ideas and debate with administration and the regents; to say that’s your opinion isn’t quite fair.”
Bosley, however, would have opened those meetings to the public to give the university more credibility in the eyes of the public.Instead of firing coaches and others, Hoffman implemented a 17-point plan that changes who reports to who, implements grade point average requirements, standards and conduct. Other universities are now taking the plan and implementing it at their own schools.”She could have done the easy things that were wrong; she did the hard things that were right,” Bosley said.Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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