Pattillo for CMC District 2 seat
Area residents have been fortunate to have Jeanne Sheriff of Glenwood Springs donating her time and talents to Colorado Mountain College for eight years as the board member for District 2.
Now that she is being forced from office by term limits, we are likewise fortunate to have two capable candidates to replace her.
Both John Pattillo and Tom Boas come across as sharp and committed people who would be quick studies on the board and represent District 2 well. But of the two, Pattillo looks best suited for the job.
Pattillo is a relative newcomer to the valley, but not to western Colorado. He moved to Glenwood Springs 18 months ago from Maryland, but lived in Eagle County 10 years ago. As a result, he’s been able to see the importance of CMC to at least two of the counties that it serves.
Pattillo also is senior vice president and marketing manager for WestStar Bank. This is a job requiring the ability to look ahead, ask questions and think strategically, all of which would be valuable on the CMC board. Having a financial background and an ability to deal with budgets won’t hurt, either, given the college’s ever-present fiscal challenges.
Pattillo understands the role higher education can play in helping companies recruit and retain good people, and could serve the college well in making sure it doesn’t give this function short shrift.
He has made a point to volunteer his service over the course of his career, and voters would do well to take him up on his offer to serve the college now. He doesn’t profess to be an issues-driven candidate. But we would expect for him to formulate some positions and goals on the board, should he be elected, and carve out a role for himself in helping guide the college forward at a time when it is going through a change in presidency.
Boas has a business background, too, working in food service management at varying locations, including at CMC’s Spring Valley Campus, as an employee of Sodexho Campus Services. He also has worked at United Parcel Service, and has served the Glenwood community in varying volunteer capacities in the past.
One concern that his career focus raises is that he might be tempted to concentrate a bit too much on food service issues, a fairly small slice of the very big pie on the plate of the CMC board.
On the other hand, his suggestion that the college add turf management to its curriculum is intriguing and worth looking into, given the number of golf courses now dotting the local landscape.
Still, Pattillo looks like the best-rounded person to serve on the board, and we recommend his election to the District 2 opening.
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