Tell our readers who you are and why you’re qualified for this elected position.
I have extensive experience, including four years as the governor of the Wyoming Chapter of the American College of Physicians (the largest medical speciality organization in the United States), which means that I served on National Board of Governors of the ACP. I have also served on the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, and I currently serve as an ex-officio member of the CRMC Board of Trustees as the Chair of the CRMC Foundation. I have also served on the Alumni Schools Committee for Yale University and as chairman of the Cheyenne Rotary Club Scholarship Committee.
What influenced you to run for the LCCC Board of Trustees?
I practiced medicine for more than 41 years and have experienced health care in many areas, including medical school, residency training for five years, the U.S. Navy, and private practice for 34 years. I also taught at the Family Practice Residency here in Cheyenne. I have become very interested in higher education in recent years. I am concerned that Wyoming is 41st in proportion of state population hold four-year degrees or more. I feel that the community college system is the most likely institution to change this, and therefore, I have chosen to run for the LCCC Board of Trustees.
What can the college do to better help students complete their degrees and credit diplomas in 2 years or less?
I believe that with appropriate counselling of students, identifying and helping students correct deficiencies in their educational background, and making sure students understand the requirements for a degree or a credit diploma are the best ways to ensure a timely completion.
If LCCC’s bond issue fails this year, where do think the college should get the money for Fine Arts renovations and the Performing Arts center?
If the bond issue fails then the options are three: a. Approach large foundations such as the Ellbogen Foundation (set up to make a better Wyoming) for grants; b. Attempt to raise funds from private donors; c. Pursue another special bond issue next year.
Another LCCC facility that is in need of repair is the Recreation and Athletics Center. How can the college raise the money to pay for renovations to this building?
LCCC should then sponsor an economic study estimating the economic effect on Laramie County of repairing and upgrading the Recreation and Athletics Center. With repair and upgrades LCCC could sponsor regional competitions like Region 9 junior college championship tournaments and rent the facilities to other users like youth organizations for multiple day camps. Families bringing young campers will need lodging and effect county tax income.
Enrollment trends show a steady decrease since the 2011-12 school year. What can the college do to reverse this trend and improve enrollment?
I have read that the issue of falling enrollment trends in community colleges is a national problem, and in our case needs to be addressed carefully. Gathering information and analyses of the root causes our local trend are of key importance. Clearly trying to keep fees and tuition affordable is important. We must be careful, however, not to make changes in an effort to increase enrollment, which may have a deleterious effect on the quality of education at LCCC.