CU Boulder professor jumps into 2020 race for Board of Regents

Dave Gross, a Democrat in Boulder, plans to run for the spot in 2020

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A longtime University of Colorado Boulder faculty member and president of the Dairy Arts Center board of directors is throwing his hat into the ring for the system Board of Regents.

Dave Gross, 53, plans to run for regent in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Boulder. The seat, now held by Democrat Linda Shoemaker, is up for election in 2020.

“I have a rare set of skills and experiences that I think would serve the Board of Regents well,” Gross said.

Shoemaker has not made a final decision on whether she will run for reelection in 2020, she said. She plans to do so sometime this fall.

Gross, also a Democrat, said he doesn’t want to bring politics to the board.

“My goal is to bring competent knowledgeable insights about education and financial expertise,” he said. “… I’m not doing this to establish my political bona fides in order to run for higher office.”

Gross wants to improve graduation rates across the system, as many students end up taking more than four years to graduate, which makes college more expensive. He supports using a three-prong, holistic approach.

“There is no silver bullet for improving graduation rates,” he said. His plan would include creating a sense of belonging for students, helping students improve competencies in both academics and their personal lives, and giving them a clear post-college direction.

Gross is originally from New York City but has lived in Boulder since coming to the area to get his Ph.D. in financial economics. While Gross initially moved to Boulder with the intent of returning to Wall Street, he said, he fell in love with the state and academics. He also met his wife, Kremena Platikanova-Gross, who is a lecturer in the economics department. They have two children, ages 10 and 14.

He now is starting his 25th year as a faculty member in the Leeds School of Business and is the associate chair of the finance division in the school. He also has served as the chair of the Boulder Faculty Assembly Budget and Planning Committee.

He is currently president of the board for the Dairy Arts Center, and does not plan to seek another term for that position in 2020. The center has gone through “tumultuous financial times,” Gross said, and has transitioned from an operating loss to an operating gain since he took the position of president.

So far, Regent John Carson, R-Aurora, has announced he will not run for re-election in 2020. Ilana Spiegel, a Democrat, announced her run for the open spot earlier this year.

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