Candidates to vie for CU regent post

Tuition and quality are cited as concerns

Two candidates have announced they are running for the 3rd Congressional District seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents in November. The district’s current regent, Tilman Bishop, will not be seeking re-election.

Glen Gallegos, a Republican from Grand Junction, and Jessica Garrow, a Democrat from Carbondale will run for the six-year term.

Gallegos is a former educator and retired president of operations at a family-owned construction company. He received his bachelor’s degree from Western State College and his master’s from University of Northern Colorado. He did pre-doctoral work at the University of Denver.

Gallegos, 61, spent 26 years in K-12 education as a teacher, coach, principal and executive director of instruction in Eagle and Mesa counties. He left the schools to help run the Gallegos Corp., where he oversaw a workforce of almost 1,000.

He served on the Mesa State Board of Trustees for a term that ended in 2010 and currently serves on the Governor’s Education Statewide Leadership Council, the Grand Junction Visitors and Convention Bureau and the District 51 Strategic Planning Committee.

He has four daughters and the youngest is a senior at CU.

Garrow is a long-range planner for the city of Aspen, where she focuses on long-term growth and development in the city. She graduated from CU in 2004 and received her master’s degree in city and regional planning from Ohio State University. During her time at CU, she interned with U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-CO., and with the office of the National League of Cities.

Both candidates said one of their major focuses will be to keep the university system affordable and accessible for students and their families.

In-state tuition costs have more than doubled since she graduated, Garrow said.

“I’m concerned that in light of shrinking state budgets and shrinking state funding that disproportionately students and families are bearing the brunt of it,” Garrow said.

Garrow said she also will work to keep the university competitive in the international marketplace. As the third-largest employer in the state, the success of the university affects the economy statewide, Garrow said.

Gallegos said he supports a system of accountability where funding comes after results.

“It assures that a college education from that university is going to mean something,” he said.

District voters also will be voting for a statewide regent in November. At-large Regent Stephen Ludwig will be running for re-election against Republican Brian Davidson from Arvada.

The board of regents is the state’s only elected higher education board. The nine-member board supervises the university and controls and directs university funds.

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