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First-time candidates vie for CMC seat

The race for the Colorado Mountain College District 2 board seat pits first-time candidates Tom Boas against John Pattillo.

The winner will replace two-term incumbent Trustee Jeanne Sheriff of Glenwood Springs, who cannot run again due to term limits.

District 2 covers the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District boundaries.



Colorado Mountain College trustees serve without pay.

Richard Bateman of Summit County is running unopposed in District 4, and Robert Dick of Routt County unopposed in District 5.



Leadville Mayor Chet Gaede and Helen Ginandes Weiss, an educational consultant and former CMC trustee, are running against each other in District 6, which covers the Re-1 Lake County School District and the Re-50J Eagle County School District.

Tom Boas worked for Sodexho food service at the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus for two years, and said he is running for the college board of trustees because he might be helpful.

“I’d like to be part of that organization,” said Boas.

Boas said he’s been told trustees learn how to help run the college “on the job,” and has no immediate goals if elected. The biggest challenge the college faces is, “Funding, funding, funding,” Boas said.

“I’d like to see Colorado Mountain College get its share of grants and other funding,” he said.

Boas (pronounced Bose) is 51-years-old, and in 1974 earned a BA in food services management at the State University of New York. He worked for Sodexho Campus Services at the Spring Valley Campus until six months ago, and before that for the same company at Yale, Cornell and Syracuse Universities. Boas also worked for United Parcel Service in Glenwood Springs and Dillon. He first came to Glenwood Springs in 1979 to manage food service operation at the Hotel Colorado and Hotel Denver.

Boas has never run for elected office, but is a board member for the Cooper Avenue Adult Stay Center and the Glenwood Springs Alcohol Control Board, and volunteers at the chamber resort association for Strawberry Days.

Boas said the next four years should be exciting ones for the college, and supports the expected confirmation of Dr. Robert Spuhler as its next president. “He’s absolutely the most qualified person, who understands the unique aspects of CMC,” Boas said.

Handling the college district’s diversity is a major challenge. “The district goes from Aspen to Leadville,” he said.

Boas has some ideas for additions to the college’s curriculum. “I’d like to see them add turf management,” he said. “There are nine golf courses within a 45 minute drive of Glenwood Springs.”

The CMC board of trustees holds its monthly meetings at college centers throughout the seven county district. Boas said he favors that policy, rather than holding the meetings at the same center each month.

“One of the board’s goals is to bring in local groups voice their concerns,” he said. “This allows the best access.”

Boas lives in Glenwood Springs with his wife, Patti, and their three teenage sons: Christopher, Kevin and Patrick.

John Pattillo says higher education can play a big role in helping companies recruit and retain good people.

“So we need to improve higher education, and make it available to new people who are moving in,” Pattillo said. “That will be a big focus for me.”

Pattillo, 35, earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree from Loyola University in Baltimore. He is senior vice president and marketing manager for WestStar Bank in Glenwood Springs, and moved to Glenwood Springs 18 months ago from Maryland. He lived in Eagle County 10 years ago.

“I always wanted to get back to the mountains,” he said.

Pattillo has never run for elected office. In Maryland, he served on the United Fund of Talbott County board, and also the Court Appointed Special Advocates board.

Pattillo said it would be “presumptuous” of him to come to the campaign with a list of specific goals he’d like to accomplish as a Colorado Mountain College board member.

One thing he’d like to see, however, is for the college to increase the public’s awareness of its course offerings and their quality.

“But it would be conceitful of me to say the college needs to increase its enrollment, or something like that,” he said. “I’m not an issues-driven candidate. I’m not upset with anything the college is doing.”

Pattillo is running for the board because he wants to use his knowledge and background to improve Colorado’s educational system.

“I’m always looking for ways to contribute to the community. This seemed like the best fit for me,” he said.

Pattillo said he agrees with the board’s policy of holding its monthly meetings at locations throughout the district.

“We should do what we can to have a sense of what is happening,” he said. “If we met in only one location, we couldn’t do that.”

Pattillo lives in Glenwood Springs with his wife, Allison, and their two young daughters, Adair and Taylor.


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