Update 08/07/17–CU Regent candidate Chance Hill responded via a post on the Facebook page of the Colorado Times Recorder:
Hill: Not accurate at all. First, I never received any request to comment (as the CTR article suggests). It’s only now that I am seeing this post. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, Bret R. Wright. I appreciate it. Second, the point of the National Review article on my FB page is that higher education has become so imbalanced in terms of its lack of intellectual diversity that a lot of people (including conservatives among others) are questioning colleges’ ability to “teach students to challenge assumptions and think independently” (quote from the article posted below). Which is a massive problem! The increasing distrust of crucially significant institutions in our country has serious implications for our nation’s future in my opinion. And the NR article makes that very clear, since it was written in response to a Pew study concerning public opinion.
Obviously, I believe in the importance of education–the reason why I am running in the first place. To suggest otherwise is disingenuous. But part of my platform is trying to improve upon the lack of intellectual diversity on campuses, which at times has a chilling effect on promoting a culture of free speech. That said, if you would like to discuss my perspective and campaign platform more, I am happy to meet in person. It would be great to hear your insights as well. Thank you for your time and consideration.
The Times Recorder regrets that Hill did not receive our request for comment, but an email was sent to the address listed at https://www.chanceforcuregent.com/contact/.
He highlighted this quote:
“Given the profusion of what now seem like weekly horror stories about the way conservative students and professors (or really anyone who dares to express an independent thought) are treated on campus, it’s no surprise that so many on the right are beginning to question the impacts colleges and universities are having on American society.”
Hill is running to serve as CU Regent from Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, which includes Colorado Springs.
“I am running to become your CU Regent because I passionately believe in the importance of promoting a culture of intellectual diversity and free speech on our state’s college campuses.” (Stated on his website chanceforcuregent.com.)
The University of Colorado Board of Regents is a nine-member panel of elected men and women who represent congressional districts, and two at-large regents are elected by all voters statewide. Regents serve six-year staggered terms.
Among other duties, regents choose the president of the University of Colorado’s 60,000-plus-student body, set policy, decide on degree programs and vote on the university’s $3.5 billion budget. Regents also vote on whether to raise or lower tuition.
Hill served for three years as an officer and analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), including a brief undercover assignment in the Middle East, according to his website. He also served for six years in the United States Navy, including a one-year deployment to north-central Iraq.
Currently, Hill works as an employment attorney in Colorado Springs. He also is an elected Bonus Member for the El Paso County GOP Central Committee, after having volunteered as a member of the Veterans Task Force of the El Paso County GOP.
Chance Hill did not respond to a request for comment on his views of higher education.