They said the best people to oversee four campuses, 45,808 students and manage a $1.4 billion budget are people with experience, and experience is what University of Colorado Regents Henry Anton, Jr. and Peter Steinhauer have.
Anton and Steinhauer are hoping to be re-elected to their seats on the University of Colorado (CU) Board of Regents. They are touring Colorado with the goal of getting their names out so voters recognize them when they enter the booths Nov. 8.
"It's great for us to get out and meet the people," Anton said.
Anton and Steinhauer, both Republicans, have each served on the board for six years and are hoping to win another six-year term. Nine people sit on the CU Board of Regents, one from each of the six congressional districts and three at-large. Anton hails from Pueblo represents the Sixth Congressional District and Steinhauer is an at-large member from Boulder.
They are both CU alumni.
According to the candidates, there are no hotly contested issues facing CU this election, but there is an exciting project they helped begin.
The University purchased 42 acres in the city of Aurora where a new campus and hospital will be built. It will be surrounded by a 220-acre research park.
The project has received nationwide attention because it is the first of its kind to be built in 100 years.
"We've been there since day one," Steinhauer said, "our experience will get us through this. Experience means a lot in any job."
CU boasts campuses in Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Of its $1.4 billion budget, only 13 percent comes from the state. The rest is funded through tuition, research grants and donations. The university is the third largest employer in the state.
The university has seen a 3 percent in ten years and the board has invested in 200 acres in Boulder for future expansion.
That issue is in contention in the city of Boulder where residents are calling for the preservation of open space and limits on growth. But planning for the future is important Steinhauer said.
"I think we've acted wisely in doing this," Steinhauer said. "We're going to grow."
Anton estimates that he and Steinhauer spend about 85 hours a month into the job of regent.
"It's a job where you can put as much or as little time as you want and Hank and I put in a lot of time," Steinhauer said.
The Board of Regents meets once a month for its regular meeting and once a month for committee meetings. The position is not paid.
Anton said he is running for re-election for love of the school, the reason he became a regent in the first place.
"It's running so smoothly, there's really no need to change," he said. "If it's not broke, don't fix it."
Steinhauer is a retired dentist and Anton has retired from the insurance industry. Both are married to women who were also graduated from CU.