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.
Although our great state is blessed with a fantastic university system, we should continue to make it even better. The CU system, including UCCS in Colorado Springs, offers courses to approximately 66,000 students and produces thousands of graduates every year. Preparing them to become engaged citizens in our state means exposing them to a variety of perspectives and ensuring that they learn how to think critically and independently. Extreme political correctness stifles open debate and has a chilling effect on honest discussions. Institutions of higher learning should promote free thought rather than indoctrinate students into subscribing to any particular worldview.
As your CU Regent, I will focus on pushing to appoint administrators who understand this mission. I also will further develop initiatives—such as the Conservative Thought and Policy Program and the Center for Western Civilization at CU Boulder—to push back against groupthink mentality. Our universities should be bastions of free expression rather than echo chambers.
Furthermore, every Coloradan has an interest in CU graduates contributing to our state’s workforce, getting and creating jobs, and becoming useful members of society. Having recently spent time as a law student on a college campus, I better understand the impact of rising tuition on recent graduates. Cutting costs and further cultivating public-private partnerships—while not raising taxes—must continue. Also, continuing to expand online course offerings will enable more students, particularly from rural areas, to gain access to higher education at a lower cost. Sustaining this effort matters so that we can reduce massive student debt, which will improve economic growth in the 5th Congressional District.
I also recognize that the CU system is a vital driver of Colorado’s economy, pumping in billions every year. UCCS continues to play a larger role in affecting the 5th Congressional District’s economic prosperity—and I will push hard for more CU system Research & Development dollars to come to UCCS.
As a Constitutional Conservative with a wide variety of recent university experiences, I believe that my background will lend well to being your CU Regent—and I am asking for your vote and support!
Chance Hill is running to serve as your CU Regent from Colorado’s 5th Congressional District.
Chance served for three years as an officer and analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), including a brief undercover assignment in the Middle East. While working at the agency, Chance also wrote analytical products for the President of the United States and the National Security Council and briefed senior State Department officials.
He also served for six years in the United States Navy, including a one-year deployment to north-central Iraq. Although he had fulfilled his active-duty military commitment as a naval intelligence officer, Chance volunteered to serve in Iraq. In so doing he deferred his acceptance to graduate school.
Before his tour in Iraq, Chance was the intelligence officer with an F-18 strike-fighter squadron. Chance deployed twice during this assignment: The first occasion took him throughout Asia and the Middle East aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier before supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom; the second, to Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan to help maintain a regional U.S. presence in the event that hostilities broke out on the Korean peninsula or between China and Taiwan. In both instances Chance briefed pilots regarding possible enemy threats and helped plan missions for real-world operations. The Navy then ordered Chance to United States Forces, Korea in Seoul as the Theater Ballistic Missile/Weapons of Mass Destruction Analyst, charged with assessing North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
Currently, Chance works as an employment attorney in Colorado Springs, and he has become actively engaged in serving the community. He 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. Moreover, Chance is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, and he serves on the Southern Partnership Council for Economic Literacy Colorado. He also serves with the following boards and organizations: the Downtown Board of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, the Government Affairs Council of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor’s Young Professionals Task Force, Colorado Springs Rising Professionals, and the Citizen Outreach Group for the El Paso County Board of Commissioners. The Colorado Springs Business Journal named Chance a 2017 Rising Star.
Chance earned two Exceptional Performance Awards while with the CIA. As a military officer, he earned two Joint Service Commendation Medals and a Navy Achievement Medal among other awards. Chance also was nominated twice by his Commanding Officer to be Navy Intelligence Officer of the Year for the entire U.S. Navy.
He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2001 where he served as student body vice president. He also graduated with honors from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 2010 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 2015 as a selected member of the editorial board of the law review.
The nine-member CU Board of Regents is the governing board of the University of Colorado system––which includes CU Boulder, CU Colorado Springs, CU Denver, and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The Regents oversee the annual $4.1 billion budget and the third largest employer in the state, hire the University's President and influence the hiring of other top University officials, and set tuition and priorities for the near and long term of the CU system.