Candidates vie for three spots on CU’s board of regents
October 18, 2006
The University of Colorado has three open positions for its 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 Mesa County commissioner Tilman Bishop of Grand Junction, the Republican nominee, are running for the 3rd Congressional District seat that Snowmass Village resident Gail Schwartz is vacating in order to run for the state Senate.Republican Kyle Hybl of Colorado Springs is running uncontested for the third open seat in the 5th Congressional District.3rd Congressional DistrictHakanson, a Roaring Fork School District board member for seven years, has lived in Glenwood Springs since 1989. A fourth-generation Coloradan, she received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Fort Lewis College in Durango. She received an additional associate’s degree from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs and is working on a master’s 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, and on taking a more proactive approach in attracting students from around the state to the university.”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 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. He believes that experience will serve him well 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, elected in 2002, but he 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.CU regent at largeRepublican 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 said.Davidson, 29, would be the youngest member of the board and thinks that his 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 started a communication consulting group in 1998. Currently, he is self-employed in the communication consulting field, as Ludwig Ventures LLC.He has experience with the regents in that he served as the co-executive (co-president) of CU – Colorado Springs and as student chair of the Intercampus Students Forum while attending school.