CMC Board Election: District 5 candidate John Fielding
Voters throughout the multicounty Colorado Mountain College district will choose four members of the college’s seven-member board of trustees this fall.
While trustees are chosen from specific areas, everyone in the college’s tax district votes for everyone. Since all of this year’s candidates are from other counties, the Vail Daily will provide a brief look at the people running for seats on the board.
Friday: District 2 candidates Kathy Goudy and Stan Orr.
Saturday: District 4 candidates Richard Hague and Robert Taylor.
Today: District 5 candidates Ken Brenner and John Fielding.
Monday: District 6 candidates Pat Chlouber and Wes Duran.
Name: John Fielding.
Residence: Steamboat Springs – across the street from the Colorado Mountain College campus.
Occupation: Designer/builder, entrepreneur and community service organizer – co-founder and treasurer of Winter Gardens Conservatory free children’s orchestra program, founder/director of The Harvest of Thanksgiving community service fundraiser.
What prompted you to run for a seat on the CMC board of trustees?
I grew up in a family of educators, even lived in faculty housing for a couple of years at Wesleyan University when my father taught American history there. My mother retired as a second-grade teacher and my father as vice chancellor for the state of Connecticut’s university system. Discussions of challenges in teaching kids to read and managing university budgets were common at our dinner table. My own studies center largely around natural philosophy, particularly the relationship of the individual to society, man to nature and life to the universe. I earn my daily bread using skills of mathematics, geometry and communication every day.
Our colleges and universities must continue to fulfill the dual role of both a center for continuation of the great traditions of Western education and a technical training ground for practical applications in the modern workplace. This emulates the American education tradition developed in the 19th century and established in the 20th that became the model for modern education around the world.
My previous efforts to support the college’s expansion included circulating a petition signed by many hundreds of local residents to help resolve the difficulties encountered in working with the city government. During that process, I had several conversations with Dr. Perhac. In one of these, he advised me that the trustee position had become vacant and that if I were to serve in that position, I could be more helpful. In trying to be most effective in that role, I am also a candidate for the Steamboat Springs City Council, my goal being to re-establish a mutually supportive partnership.
What’s your opinion about the college’s recent move toward four-year degrees?
I am very supportive and hope that it is the beginning of a process that will result in far greater opportunities for the CMC student and tremendous benefit to the local communities.
What does CMC need to do to keep college education affordable and attainable for district residents?
CMC has been doing an excellent job in that regard, largely as a result of the support of the host communities both in the form of the property tax contributions and other helpful accommodations that each community has been able to make. As long as this support continues and the state education department funding is adequate, we should be able to continue this success.