Thank you so much for all your support!

Now that the hard work of the election is over, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get started on the harder work of making CU affordable and accessible for every hardworking Coloradoan.

So many of you shared your ideas and concerns on the campaign trail, and I look forward to continuing the conversation as YOUR CU Regent At-Large. I couldn’t have done it without you.
— Lesley Smith, Regent At-Large-Elect

Lesley has spent thirty years as a scientist and educator at CU, served for eight years on her local school board managing a $400 million budget, and was the first woman aquanaut to live and work in the Aquarius underwater research lab. She is exceptionally qualified to take on the challenges facing Colorado’s flagship university system and will:

  • fight for accessible, affordable education for every hardworking Coloradan

  • ensure that CU offers students an excellent, relevant education that equips them with the critical thinking skills to be workforce-ready

  • work hard to attract strong funding for a strong CU system

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Why does it matter? By the numbers:

6 to 3. As the Daily Camera stated last year, “The regents have taken up such politically charged topics such as guns, the environment, fossil fuels, diversity, discrimination against Republicans at CU and others. They voted in 2008 to hire Bruce Benson, the 1994 Republican nominee for governor, on a 6-3 party-line vote.”

9. The 9 members on the Board of Regents set policy for the entire CU system, they approve the budget and set tuition rates, and this year they will hire a new President.

12,000,000,000. CU is the 3rd largest employer in Colorado, pumping $12 billion into our state annually.

Learn more about Lesley on her bio page. and see why we need to support this woman scientist for CU Regent At-Large!