Orr for CMC trustee, in his own words
October 8, 2011
For the past four years I have had the honor of serving as a trustee on the Colorado Mountain College board of trustees. I am asking for your support in my reelection bid on Nov. 1. I am the current trustee from east Garfield County, but I serve Pitkin County voters as well.
During my tenure as a trustee I have had the opportunity to be a part of the team responsible for hiring CMC’s current president, Dr. Stanley Jensen, the expansion of campus facilities virtually districtwide, and an unparalleled growth in enrollment. As president of the board the past two years, I have had the privilege of presiding over the board’s decision to offer bachelor degrees, a decision that I strongly believe fills a huge gap in higher education opportunities for the Western Slope of Colorado. It ensures all the communities served by CMC will continue to thrive.
My love and support for community colleges began many years ago. I earned an associate’s degree at a community college. I can state unequivocally that a community college was the impetus for successfully completing my bachelor’s degree in education at a university. A community college provided me, along with many other Americans, an opportunity for a post-secondary education. I might otherwise have never gone to college had it not been for a community college. I passionately believe in the role community colleges play in our communities: cost-effective, high-quality education that prepares students for 21st century careers.
My passion for education as a lifetime vocation began years ago, when I began my career as a classroom teacher. I have been involved in learning ever since, seven years as a teacher, then as a leader in organizations whose focus has been adult learning.
For the past 16 years I have owned my own small business, NonProfit Resources. NPR manages and consults to national and international trade, society and philanthropic organizations. Coupled with my years working as the CEO of other local, state and national organizations, I have 27 years experience managing and consulting to volunteer boards. I understand the challenges and opportunities volunteer boards face and how to best meet them with success.
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I have the support of my wife of 22 years, Cindy, and our daughter Sarah, a junior at Glenwood Springs High School. Sarah began her formal education in Glenwood Springs, and upon her graduation I would be proud for her to become a student at CMC because I am confident of the high quality education she will receive.
Serving as president of the board of trustees requires a commitment of time and dedication. I have been proud to be a part of a leadership team charged with guiding one of the largest colleges in the state. I pledge to continue the commitment and dedication I have demonstrated the past four years.
I believe my background and experiences uniquely qualify me to serve the CMC communities. I ask that you support my candidacy on Nov. 1.