Letter: I’d appreciate your vote for CMC board
My name is Bob Hartzell and I am running for the Colorado Mountain College board of trustees to represent Lake County.
I am a 49-year resident of the Colorado High Country … 47 in Leadville and two in Copper Mountain. I am married to Kay Hartzell, a 56-year resident of Leadville. We have three sons who have blessed us with five granddaughters and one grandson.
During my 49-year high country tenure, I have had the opportunity to: teach for Lake County High School, work at Ski Cooper as assistant manager, deliver dynamite at the Climax Molybdenum Mine, work as the director of lift operations at Copper Mountain, serve in various capacities for over 25 years at Colorado Mountain College, serve as Leadville City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, ski as a powder ski guide on Chicago Ridge, spend more than five years as president and executive director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, and am currently enjoying my part-time job as a ski instructor at Ski Cooper and serving on various Lake County boards.
Prior to coming to Leadville, I graduated from St. Cloud State University, was drafted by the U.S. Army and served a year in Vietnam, taught a year in Waseca, Minnesota, and a year in Ashland, Wisconsin.
While working at Copper Mountain, I was involved with the Rocky Mountain Lift Association and ultimately served as president. That experience led to a seat on the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board where I served for 11 years, five as the Chairman. During my 25-year tenure with Colorado Mountain College, I served as an instructor, assistant campus dean, college-wide faculty development coordinator, founder and director of Central Rockies Leadership and Leadership Leadville, and was the campus dean when I retired in 2004. While with the Mining Museum, I encouraged my staff to become involved with the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums. I served for two years as the President of CWAM. Locally, I just finished a term as president of the High Riders Snowmobile Club. I currently serve as the vice-chair of the Lake County Airport Advisory Board, president of the Four Seasons Homeowners Association and vice president of the Boom Days Board of Directors.
Colorado Mountain College offered me many opportunities to grow as an educator and as a leader. I am running because I want to help CMC continue to thrive as an educational leader in the Central Rockies.
I would appreciate your vote on or before Nov. 5, 2019.