Colorado Mountain College District 4 candidate: Robert Taylor
Name: Robert Taylor.
Residence: Summit County.
What prompted you to run for a seat on the CMC board of trustees? As a very long-time resident of Summit County, I was excited to see that the District 4 Trustee position was opening up. I have been a fervent supporter of CMC since 1976, when my wife and I moved to the mountains, and I taught courses in both Leadville and Breckenridge.
Having just completed my doctorate from the University of Denver in English/writing, back then I taught English courses (I had earlier taught at San Francisco Community College, Metro State, and the University of Denver). I taught a few other adjunct courses over the years, but the burden of my time was spent working for Summit County Government, where I started as human services director, moved into an assistant manager position for a few years, and then served as Summit County manager for over a decade (the end of 1990 until October of 2001).
Serving as a trustee for CMC will allow me, in my retirement, to serve both the local community which I have come to know and love and the college which has become such a vital force in the mountain communities.
What’s your opinion about the college’s recent move toward four-year degrees?
I was overjoyed to see CMC move in the direction of awarding some B.A. degrees. I have met many people who have been deterred from continuing past their second year in higher education because of the difficulty and cost of traveling to the Front Range to pursue their four-year degrees. There are so many young people living in the mountains who will be grateful for the opportunity to work toward their career goals through Colorado Mountain College.
From recent conversations with college officials, I understand that CMC would like to add a bachelor’s degree in education to its degree offerings. I will work hard to make that happen.
What does CMC need to do to keep college education affordable and attainable for district residents?
Having followed CMC closely year after year in my professional roles with Summit County government, I appreciated the fiscal prudence with which the college approached development in its various regions. Their deliberate building up of a hefty reserve fund has been much to their advantage when building new facilities, such as the successful campus facility at the gateway to Breckenridge. The countless hours of work that so many people have dedicated to the creation of a successful foundation also continue to bear fruit. Finally, college officials have worked hard to develop partnerships with their local communities.
As an “independent” community college, CMC needs to continue its careful strategy to the development of new programs and facilities while continuing its commitment to strong local partnerships.