■ Visit Steve Bosley’s website at www.bosleyourcuregent.com
■ Visit Melissa Hart’s website at www.hartforcu.com
Steamboat Springs It’s been a busy six years on the University of Colorado Board of Regents for Steve Bosley.
First, there was the university’s football scandal that ultimately led to the significant recruiting changes and the ousting of head coach Gary Barnett.
Then there was the scandal involving former CU professor Ward Churchill, who ultimately was fired in 2007 for research misconduct.
Shortly thereafter, the national economy ground to a halt, leaving states like Colorado struggling to make up for significant budget shortfalls, including those dedicated to higher education.
More recently came CU-Boulder’s decision to join the Pac-10 conference.
Still, Bosley said he can’t imagine doing anything else.
“I love this job,” he said Wednesday during a visit to the Steamboat Pilot & Today office in Steamboat Springs. “When I think of the importance to this state … I can’t think of a better thing to be doing.”
Bosley, a Republican, is running for another six-year term this fall against Democrat Melissa Hart, a law professor on the CU-Boulder campus. Hart campaigned in mid-June in Steamboat with Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper.
Bosley said the nine-member Board of Regents doesn’t need another attorney, but rather the financial mind of someone like himself, a retired community banker.
He says the state budget crisis and what it means for higher education spending is the No. 1 issue facing the University of Colorado.
His campaign emphasizes “strategic cuts and tactical reorganization.” He touts his efforts to change tenure practices at CU and his willingness to propose the resolution to fire Churchill.
He was the chairman of the search committees that led to the selection of the previous two CU presidents, Hank Brown and Bruce Benson. He also co-founded the Bolder Boulder 10K road run that is now one of the largest road races in the world.
A CU alumnus, Bosley said Wednesday that the university must remain accessible and affordable, a delicate balance he says is achieved through determining the value of the education for the student, the value of the education to society and the right mix of out-of-state enrollment. At CU, out-of-state tuition mostly subsidizes the lower cost of in-state tuition.
Bosley also said he’s passionate about ensuring that universities encourage an open exchange of ideas in the classroom.
“If there’s one thing I hear the most, it’s that ‘I want a classroom where my student’s opinions are heard, and I don’t want a professor’s ideology shoved down my student’s throat,’” Bosley said.