University Of Colorado Regent Candidates 2020

Lesley Smith

CU Regent at Large Candidate 2018


I’m an exceptionally qualified progressive Democrat running for CU Regent at Large. No matter if a student is a Boetcher Scholar, an under served, or non-traditional student, I’ll make sure every student attending CU believes their education has made a difference in their life and puts them on a pathway to success. As the first woman aquanaut to live and work in the Aquarius underwater research lab in an all-male team and devoting my life to diversifying the STEM fields; an eight-year local school board veteran serving a similar role as the CU Board of Regents; and a career scientist and educator at CU raising nearly $8M to serve teachers, and K-12 and post-secondary students across our state, I’m exceptionally qualified to take on the challenges our flagship university faces. I believe in CU, in public education, and in the imperative of providing pathways for all students to achieve a high quality education. If elected, I promise to work for an excellent relevant education for all students that prepare them for the workforce, to provide all students an affordable, accessible pathway to success, and to work hard to secure funding for a strong CU system. - Common name, Uncommon Leadership!    

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