CU Board of Regents

Davidson, Garrow will lead school well

Brian Davidson knows higher education from the inside out, and that wide-ranging perspective plus an enthusiastic commitment to improving the delivery, cost and outcomes of higher education qualify him to be an effective member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents.

Davidson, 35, is running for the at-large seat on the CU board, challenging incumbent Steven Ludwig, who has held the position since 2007. Ludwig has served the institution well, and would likely to continue to do so if re-elected. Davidson, however, brings both a point of view and set of experiences that position him to tackle the funding challenges the university faces.

Davidson is eminently familiar with public and private higher education in Colorado, having earned his bachelorís degree from the University of Northern Colorado, graduating from the University of Colorado Medical School as an anesthesiologist, then going on to earn a masterís degree in business administration in health care administration from CU-Denver, and finally, he obtained a graduate certificate in quality and patient safety from Regis University. He is a physician, serving on the faculty of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

This impressive and relevant resume is complemented by Davidsonís awareness of and vision for addressing the issues that challenge higher education in Colorado. He is concerned about the increasing cost of education, and sees both a need to and opportunities for bringing that down while also ensuring that CU produces graduates who have the skills, knowledge, critical thinking and judgment necessary to be effective contributors to the countryís economic leadership.

Davidson is supportive of increased funding for higher education, but is also convinced there are efficiencies that can be introduced to bring down the cost and increase effectiveness. For example, he would push to expand, where appropriate, online course offerings to reach a broader number of students at a lower cost.

His well-rounded combination of experience and vision make Davidson an excellent candidate for the CU Board of Regents. He will serve the university and the state well.