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Colorado CU Board of Regents District 6

The Board of Regents consists of nine members serving staggered six-year terms, one elected from each of the state's seven congressional districts and two from the state at large. The members select their own chair and vice-chair. The board is charged constitutionally with the general supervision of the university and the exclusive control and direction of all funds of and appropriations to the university unless otherwise provided by law.ELECTION INFO: General Election ballots will start to be mailed on October 9th, 2020. Voter Service and Polling Centers open on Monday, October 19th, 2020. Ballots must be received via mail or at drop-off no later than Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, by 7 pm. If you have not received your ballot or need a replacement, contact your local Clerk & Recorder Elections Office.Regentes de CULa Junta de Regentes está conformada por nueve miembros que sirven durante mandatos espaciados de seis años, uno elegido por cada uno de los siete distritos del congreso y dos por el estado en general. Los miembros eligen su propio presidente y vicepresidente. La junta tiene la responsabilidad constitucional de supervisión general de la universidad y la dirección y el control exclusivo de todos los fondos de, y apropiaciones para la universidad, a menos que la ley dicte lo contrario. INFROMACIÓN SOBRE LAS ELECCIONES: Las papeletas de votación para las Elecciones Generales empezarán a ser enviadas el 9 de octubre del 2020. Los Centros de Servicios Electorales se abren el lunes, 19 de octubre del 2020. Las papeletas electorales deben ser enviadas por correo o entregadas en un centro de entrega a más tardar a las 7pm el martes, 3 de noviembre del 2020. Si no ha recibido su papeleta electoral o necesita un reemplazo, comuníquese con su Funcionario Oficial de la Oficina de Elecciones local.

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    Richard Murray
    (R)

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    Christopher Otwell
    (UPA)

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    Ilana Spiegel
    (D)

Biographical Information

What is your number one priority and why?

What is your recommendation(s) to keep tuition costs controlled with the potential of the state budget shortfall and cuts to higher education?

How do you envision providing quality education during and after the COVID-19 pandemic in regard to safety and affordability?

Background Richard is a husband, father, a dedicated two-time alumnus of the University of Colorado, a former CU Student Body President, and a former CU Law Alumni Board Chair who will work tirelessly towards providing affordable, accessible, inclusive, and world-class higher education to Coloradans.
In the face of COVID-19, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is the number one immediate priority. From a budgetary, planning, and operations viewpoint, the financial well-being of the CU System and the financial impact of COVID-19 on our students should be the long-term priority for the 2020-21 school year. Fortunately, tuition costs will remain flat for a second year for most CU students, but the COVID-19 pandemic could cause CU to lose more than $1 billion in revenue. The Board needs to work closely with the Administration on solutions to weather this storm so CU comes out more innovative, more efficient, and stronger. I’ve overseen multi-million dollar budgets and I am prepared to get to work on day one.
CU provided me with the foundation for everything I am today. But, like most universities in the U.S., it came with a significant price tag. Although tuition did not increase this year, it will naturally need to be adjusted as time passes if measures are not taken to address fiscal inefficiencies in the system. As a Regent, I will roll up my sleeves and work to identify areas where savings can be made to ease the financial burden on the next generation of our students.
Each campus is unique, with its own faculty, staff, culture, specialty programs, and student body, which together makes the CU System stronger. We need to foster an environment where all students are safe and in an environment where they are able to learn, grow, and become our next generation of leaders. But we cannot achieve that without students being able to afford to attend CU. I hope to make a difference on all of these fronts so that when students graduate, they are prepared for the next chapter in their lives and not crushed by student loan debt.

In regards to the quality of education during this uncertain time, CU has done a remarkable job transitioning to remote learning in a short period of time. The innovations learned from this situation will better prepare CU to expand its online capabilities, increasing access to affordable higher ed.
Background 30 Years of Computer Science ^ Cybersecurity in DoD Engineering, 4 Years as a University Professor
Contact phone 7192051584
Education. Giving others the opporunities and ability to build a better life for themselves and those that they interact with, has long term positive impacts on Colorado and those that life here. Education provides the opportunities for personal group, knowledge, and a better life.
Migrating away from items such as physical textbooks and instead to eReader eBooks for every student reduces the costs for all. Supporting non-traditional students by having classes any day of the week and at all times of the day, allows the same resources to be used by more students, helping to reduce the average cost of an individual student. Eliminating fees that affect the student's ability to attend classes, such as parking fees. Negotiate a deal to allow all students to use the city train system for free. Introduce more reusable resources, such as recorded lectures and online courses, that can allow for more students to benefit from a "produce once, use often" philosophy. Reduce the budget on non-educationally focused school expenses, such as sports. Focus more of the course degrees on industries such as Space Exploration, that will be providing billions of new revenue into Colorado once the Space Port is completed.
The world has already realized that working from home and being able to be product, even if not in the physical room as others through the virtual abstraction of tools like Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Expand the capabilies to allow for greater usage of online resources and evening hours or weekend courses so that students can get the education that they need, in the manner that best suits them.
Background Ilana grew up learning that hard work and helping others sparks positive change. A mom and an educator, Ilana works every day to put students and families first. Together we can make the University of Colorado a flagship university for our country.
Contact phone 3035230711
Twitter @ilana4regent
My number one priority is to make the University of Colorado a flagship university for our country and an example of what it means to put students first. Right now, the current board majority has put political gamesmanship ahead of what’s best for students. When I am elected, that’s going to change.
We must shine light on the budget process. When elected, I am going to fight for an audit of our current budget and go line-by-line to find ways to save students and hardworking families money in tuition prices. Students are graduating college with crippling debt, and we need to do our due diligence in ensuring we are better stewards with student tuition dollars, and in demanding more in federal investments in higher education during this unprecedented pandemic.
I envision bold and innovative solutions to ensure our students are able to obtain the education and knowledge they set out to obtain. Classroom learning must ensure the public health of our students and faculty and follow social distance guidelines and precautions. We must also ensure our university is able to adapt quickly in the event of a second outbreak. While nothing compares to the advantage students have through hands-on learning, we must recognize the unprecedented situation we are in and make sure all students, especially low income students, have access to the technology -- computers, programs, and high speed internet access they need for a successful online learning experience. We must also work with our educators to ensure they have the training they need to lead classrooms in an online environment and that students who excel best with in-person learning, have the support they need in the event of a transition to online learning. Affordability requires federal investments.