Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 7, 20183min3148

Retired executive Ken Montera of formally kicked off his campaign for an at-large seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents with a fundraiser at Prime 25 in Colorado Springs Tuesday night.

Montera is the only Republican in the race, so far, for the at-large seat elected from voters statewide. The other seats are elected by congressional district.

Besides Unity party candidate Christopher Otwell of Aurora, the race has three Democrats so far: Jason Robinson of Denver, Lesley Smith of Boulder and Chantell Taylor of Denver.

In a statement Montera said, “I’m running for CU Regent At-Large because higher education is a place to learn how to think, not what to think regardless of the area of study. This is the foundation of intellectual diversity. My pride and love for my alma mater, my successful career in business, and my history as a lifelong champion for intellectual diversity make me the right fit at the right time for the CU Board of Regents.”

A Pueblo native, Montera graduated from CU’s business school, before a successful corporate career.

“A liberal arts education historically has been the foundation where diverse viewpoints and voices were nurtured,” Montera stated. “As regent, I will work to bring back the rich tradition of higher education where students are taught ‘how to think, not what to think’ regardless of their area of study.

“A freedom-loving nation depends on a well-educated citizenry that understands the principles of our founding and the tireless debate that created it. Without an intellectually diverse environment, we run the risk of a future that lacks the breadth and depth of thought that will be critical for the progress of our citizens, our state, and our nation. Our university system has to become even more accessible by providing the opportunity to obtain a college degree digitally — an expectation of modern college students. We have to focus on keeping tuition costs down so we can reach the brightest and best in all walks of life. We do this in part by streamlining policies, reducing bureaucracy and ensuring that what we offer provides significant value to the student during their time at CU and after graduation. I am committed to expanding these opportunities and maintaining affordability and accessibility without compromising CU’s high educational standards.”