LARRY GOLD: LINDA SHOEMAKER FOR CU REGENT
Boulder Daily Camera
April 13, 2014
This letter is in support of Linda Shoemaker for election to the Board of Regents.
I am a professor and former department chair at CU. I have started three companies in Boulder — Synergen, NeXstar Pharmaceuticals and SomaLogic. I often work, as do all of us connected to CU, to help the president and the chancellors build a great place for undergraduate and graduate education. We expect CU to become even better than it is today — and it is very good today.
I have known many members of the Board of Regents. Those well-intended people have a difficult task: They want CU to provide a quality and affordable education to Colorado and out-of-state students, to satisfy donors in appropriate ways, and to be respected as a world-class research institution with thought leaders in many fields.
A regent must be capable of understanding competing desires from many constituents and be able to listen to different points of view. A regent must, over the next decades, help CU navigate the business world. CU will want to work closely with corporate entities, while strengthening its academic pursuits.
Linda Shoemaker has all of those things. She is a trained business attorney, able to help the university make business decisions that are consistent with its academic mission. Shoemaker has been a philanthropist as well; she has high values and works tirelessly to improve the world around her. Shoemaker has the broad kind of mind we need in a regent.
Importantly, Shoemaker has the strength to do what is best for CU and Colorado, as an independent citizen of our state.
AUDREY FISHMAN FRANKLIN: A HOMEGROWN CANDIDATE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
Boulder Daily Camera
March 24, 2014
In endorsing Linda Shoemaker as candidate for University of Colorado regent for the Second Congressional District, Boulder has the great opportunity to have a “home grown” CU graduate who has dedicated her professional life to education and public service, represent them. She has displayed an unwaivering dedication to excellence by her extensive record in the research and advocacy in all aspects of education.
Just as she has in all her many community-building endeavors, Shoemaker has put her heart and soul and great energy into this campaign — meeting and greeting countless constituents, listening to their concerns and in turn putting forth strategies to make the university the best that it can be.
She has a long and illustrious record of caring and working for the success of all students, as chair of the Boulder Valley School District Board, and for her work ensuring higher educational opportunities through the I Have a Dream Foundation, and the Milagros Scholarship Fund. She is always smart, articulate, focused and thoughtful in her worthy pursuits and has the vision and determination to make a positive impact on the Board of Regents.
Her stewardship will be critical for CU’s flagship campus here in Boulder and also for the depth and breadth of scholarship on campuses throughout the state. She is truly prepared to find the ways to strengthen the role the university plays in preparing students for the complexities, the challenges and the great opportunities the 21st century holds.
Audrey Fishman Franklin
LORI CANOVA: LINDA SHOEMAKER FOR CU REGENT
Boulder Daily Camera
March 17, 2014
I am writing to give my endorsement for Linda Shoemaker for the Office of CU Regent for the Second Congressional District. Shoemaker is an incredible education advocate, especially for those less fortunate and is the perfect candidate for this open seat.
Shoemaker served on the board of directors for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County, a school dropout prevention and college and career preparation program for low-income youth for nine years. Shoemaker was instrumental in leading the effort to expand the program to serve more low-income students, making certain they received equal opportunities to close the achievement gap and assured access to higher education. Now, thanks in large part to her leadership, the Boulder County chapter is one of the largest in the country.
Shoemaker expanded her role with “I Have a Dream” when she and her husband personally “sponsored” an entire group of 50 youth living in a low-income public housing site from elementary school through college, providing support for programming and college scholarships, dramatically changing the trajectory of these students’ lives. She took the time to get to know these students and their families and has a clear understanding of the challenges those living in poverty face on a daily basis.
This is just one example of many of the difference Linda Shoemaker has made to our community. I cannot think of a better representative and candidate for this seat.
President and CEO, “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County
Linda Shoemaker is the right candidate to elect to the board of regents, CU’s governing board.
When I was president of the CU Alumni Association in 1990, CU received 23 percent of its funding from the state of Colorado. The American Council on Education reports that Colorado has reduced its tax support for higher education by 69.4 percent since 1980. Now, the state funds less than 10 percent of CU’s budget. A key factor in this change is the impact of Colorado’s TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) tax amendment on Colorado’s budget flexibility.
Through her long-term attention and advocacy, Linda Shoemaker has led the effort to understand the effect of state fiscal policy, including TABOR, on education in Colorado. As a CU educated journalist, she has clear-headed skills to evaluate opportunities to improve CU’s financial picture. As a private sector entrepreneur, Shoemaker can appreciate CU’s productive faculty and encourage continued innovation.
Further, when Shoemaker was the chair of the Boulder Valley School District school board, she demonstrated that she can bring a diverse, elected public board to effective action rather than back-biting stalemate.
CU is a public-private enterprise. Through its research and employment, CU is an economic engine for Colorado, and particularly Boulder County. CU draws students from around Colorado and around the world because of its world-class educational offerings. Colorado benefits when these students stay to build businesses, participate in public service or extol Colorado’s virtues wherever they may live.
Shoemaker’s exceptional and effective experience in public-private leadership make her the right candidate for regent from Congressional District 2. Please attend your caucus Tuesday, March 4, and support Shoemaker’s candidacy.
BOBBY BROWN: LINDA SHOEMAKER FOR CU REGENT
Boulder Daily Camera
February 28, 2014
I am writing to endorse Linda Shoemaker for the office of CU Regent. In addition to serving as Boulder Valley School District board president and on the CU Foundation, Shoemaker helped me found a new nonprofit that assists immigrant children in their quest to seek lawful employment.
It is called the Colorado DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Support Project. We provide government fees and free legal advice to children who were brought to America by their parents at a young age and who now find themselves unable to legally work to contribute to society or to their own support.
Without Shoemaker’s advice, encouragement and financial generosity, this extraordinary all-volunteer effort would not have been realized. Yet this is only one of a multitude of good works Linda has supported in her years of service to our community.
Linda Shoemaker is an extraordinary public servant, and the people of the Second Congressional District are extremely fortunate to once again receive her offer of public service, this time as Democratic candidate for CU Regent.