Bosley seeks seat on CU board

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Steve Bosley supports University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman and like her, would not have fired football Coach Gary Barnett over the university's recent recruiting scandal.

But Bosley does want to make a change in CU's leadership -- he wants a seat on the Board of Regents.

Bosley, a 62-year-old retired banker and CU graduate, is running as a Republican for the at-large seat on the board. The seat is held by Jim Martin, a Boulder Democrat, who faces primary opposition from Wally Stealey of Pueblo.

Bosley has no primary opponent.

The CU Board of Regents includes nine members who are elected by the public. One representative is elected from each of Colorado's seven congressional districts, and two are elected at-large.

Two other seats on the Board of Regents are up for re-election -- the District 1 seat held by Susan Kirk and the District 4 seat held by Thomas Lucero. The Western Slope's District 3 seat is held by Gail Schwarz of Aspen, whose term expires in 2006. Regents are elected to six-year terms.

Bosley visited Steamboat Springs last week as part of his personal campaign to meet the editors of all the newspapers in Colorado. Among his priorities for the campaign:

n To address the university's party-school image. The Princeton Review recently rated CU as the top party school in the country. Bosley said the university needs stronger awareness and stricter enforcement of its code of conduct for students, faculty and administrators.

n To address the fiscal challenges the university, and all of higher education, face by trimming bureaucracy and eliminating redundancy.

n And to market and promote the university by doing a better job of "telling the stories of the terrific things that happen at CU."

Bosley, who served on the search committee that recommended the hiring of Hoffman, remains supportive of the university president. He also supports the decision made by Hoffman and an investigative panel that Barnett, Chancellor Richard Byyny and athletics director Dick Tharp remain with the university. Hoffman, Barnett, Byyny and Tharp all came under intense scrutiny during the spring amid questions about the behavior of players and recruits on recruiting trips at the university and repeated allegations from women of sexual assault by football players and recruits.

"Obviously we don't know everything that happened, but I do not think there was moral culpability on any individual," Bosley said. "What you have to ask is 'who will lead us out of this, and who will be more motivated to solve the problems than the people who are in there?'"

In addition to his work as a banker, Bosley is the founder and former executive director of the Bolder Boulder, one of Colorado's best-known running races.

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