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Orr a prudent choice for CMC trustee

Dear Editor:

Colorado Mountain College is privileged to have a trustee with substance, fiscal know-how and vision. Someone who has protected CMC’s financial reserves, addressed the needs of the community with four-year degree programs, an expanded curriculum and an improved infrastructure – all while keeping CMC the best value in Colorado for higher education.

The 802 Grand purchase epitomizes the outstanding leadership CMC has had in recent years. CMC will consolidate from two cramped buildings into one revenue-producing, functional structure that will pay for itself in just a few years. It will create a new home for the city library, ease a horrifying shortage of parking, and put a face on the college with up to 250,000 visitors per year (read potential students) when the chamber relocates in the building. That type of strategic partnering between business, government, a nonprofit and education doesn’t happen without sound leadership.

A sound infrastructure is critical to student success at CMC. Improvements are paid primarily with funding from the CMC Foundation – not by a massive infusion of taxpayer dollars. They are part of CMC’s Master Plan for repairing or replacing aging structures with energy-efficient structures. They were built with one-time funds and not as an ongoing cost to taxpayers.

That’s why I am supporting Stan Orr for CMC trustee. Stan is a thoughtful, giving leader in our community. Stan is a small-business owner who truly understands economic realities. A charity he and his wife founded has raised over $24,000 for Glenwood’s school music programs. He understands the fiduciary responsibilities of the volunteer board because managing such boards is what he does for a living. No one asked him to run. He has no hidden agenda. He is simply a citizen who cares about our community.

As president of the board, Stan has presided over difficult economic waters in the face of explosive enrollment, with an eye on what is best for our students, our community and local businesses. We are in a better place because of him. Please join me in casting your vote for his continued visionary leadership.

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Jim Phillips

New Castle

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