Q&A with Christopher Otwell, candidate for University of Colorado Board of Regents, District 6

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Party: Unity Party

Residence: Aurora

Campaign website: www.facebook.com/otwellc4CURegent

What makes you the best choice for this office?

As both an educator and as an engineer in the technologies and aerospace defense industry sectors, I provide a unique perspective and in-field experience to the students.  Thirty-ish years working in the industry and nearly four years as an educator teaching others about computer science and cybersecurity, the fields of study that drive the job market in Colorado. 

If you are elected, what single issue will be at the top of your agenda?

Providing education through technological improvements to everyone to ensure that Colorado is the best-educated and well-prepared for the future. Before the pandemic, I was pushing forward with encouraging the existing CU regents to establish online learning capabilities and start laying the groundwork to support nontraditional students. As the pandemic has shown us, this is now critical to the future of education.

If you are elected, what must you accomplish for you to consider your term a success?

A difference. I will push forward with establishing CU in the online technological educational markets, which will allow those that are not easily able to attempt face-to-face education with the ability to earn a quality education.

CU Boulder has promised reforms on campus diversity for years, but plans have appeared to be delayed since 2017. What role do regents play in such plans?

Diversity is a strength in the United States. Embracing and supporting the diversity of thought, experience and understanding places Colorado ahead of many other states in future opportunities and capabilities. Providing education to those that need it and expanding the experience of those with other's thoughts and opinions ensures improvement in the long-term growth and acceptance of others.

In light of the pandemic's effect on tax revenue, how will you work to address potential budget shortages on CU campuses?

It is necessary to find ways, through technology, to make reusable sources of educational teaching to reduce overhead costs and to allow more students access to it. As more students can gain access to cheaper, quality education and making the availability of that education greater through easier online access, the student population should grow accordingly and eliminate those budget shortfalls over time.

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