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Candidates vie for three spots on CU’s board of regents

The University of Colorado has three open positions for the nine-panel board of regents on the November ballot.Republican nominee Brian Davidson and Democratic nominee Stephen C. Ludwig are running for CU regent at large, a statewide position. Democratic nominee Susan A. Hakanson of Glenwood Springs, and Republican nominee – and Mesa County Commissioner – Tilman Bishop of Grand Junction, are running for the Third Congressional District seat vacated by Aspen resident and CU alumna Gail Schwartz, who’s stepping down to run for state senate.Republican Kyle Hybl of Colorado Springs is running uncontested for the third open seat in the Fifth Congressional District.

Hakanson, a Roaring Fork School District board member for seven years, has lived in Glenwood Springs since 1989. A fourth-generation Coloradoan, she received her first bachelor’s degree in music education from Fort Lewis College in Durango. She received an additional associates degree from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs and is currently working on a masters degree in organizational communication at Western State College in Gunnison.”I believe in a strong and well-supported education system in Colorado,” Hakanson said.As a CU Regent she promises to focus on affordable tuition, the accountability of the board of regents and the college administration – in terms of how policies and procedures are followed – and taking a more proactive approach in attracting students to the university from around the state. Her work on the Roaring Fork School board, she feels, will add a much needed point of view that will help the university in accomplishing these changes.”We need to look at the system and be part of a statewide discussion about what our education goals are for our higher education system,” she said.Bishop, a native of Colorado as well, graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a M.A. in Education. Bishop taught for seven years in public schools and has spent 31 years as an administrator at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.”I’ve been an advocate for the higher education the entire time with the Colorado General Assembly,” Bishop said.He was elected into the Colorado House of Representatives in 1970 and to the state Senate four years later, where he has served for 28 years. Experience that he thinks will do good for the board of regents.”One of the critical issues for the university is funding,” he said. “I don’t have all the answers, but I do know how to work hard and with the state legislature.”Currently, Bishop is the Chairman of the Mesa County Commissioners board, elected in 2002, but is not seeking re-election in 2007 in order to run for CU Regent. He and his wife of 50 years, Pat, live in Grand Junction.

Republican nominee, Brian Davidson, also a native of Colorado, is the Resident Physician for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado. A graduate of the CU School of Medicine, Davidson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado and has always wanted to be on the board of regents.”Higher education is a very important thing, and I think that the University of Colorado is a great institution,” he saidDavidson, 29, would be the youngest member of the board and thinks that his younger views will be an asset in redefining the school image.Democratic nominee Stephen C. Ludwig grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a B.A. in philosophy in 1993. Ludwig has worked in the communications field for most of his career, as a television anchor and radio news reporter, and ultimately started a communication consulting group in 1998. Currently, he is still self-employed in the communication consulting field for Ludwig Ventures, LLC.He has experience with the regents in that he served as the co-executive (co-president) of CU – Colorado Springs, and served as Student Chair of the Intercampus Students Forum while attending school.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. 16604jgardner@postindependent.com


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