CASPER, Wyo. — Election season is underway, and Oil City News has sent a list of questions to all candidates who have filed to run for a seat on the Casper College Board of Trustees.
These questions are designed to give our readers a better understanding of the people behind the names on the ballot. Below, get to know Todd Milliken, who is running for one of three seats available on the Casper College Board of Trustees:
1. Who are you? (Name, where you’re from, employment, hobbies, etc.)
Todd Milliken — I am Senior Vice President of RBC Wealth Management having been in the financial services industry for over 40 years. I am a Casper native. My wife Tami and I have been very active in the community and have three adult children.
2. Why have you decided to run for the Casper College Board of Trustees and what do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?
Casper College is an extremely important asset for Casper and Wyoming. Casper College has been fortunate in the support the community has given it over many, many years as is apparent in the resources (faculty and facilities) it is blessed with. I want to work hard to insure those resources are maximized for the benefit of the college’s primary constituents.
3. How do you plan on accomplishing your goals?
It is important to work collaboratively to move the college forward. It is also okay to rock the boat occasionally. Community colleges face enormous challenges in terms of enrollment and staying relevant in today’s fast-changing economic environment. It’s important to inquire as to how the college is meeting these challenges and to help chart a course so it continues to do so.
4. What experience do you have that qualifies you to serve as a trustee?
26 years ago I served on the Casper College Board of Trustees. In those six years of service I served two years as President of the Board, was a member of the BOCES Board in cooperation with the school district, and was a member of the Casper College Foundation Board. At that time, I was instrumental in the creation of the Upper Division Center at Casper College. I retired from the board to allow for a new board member to take my place, one who may offer new ideas and energy. I felt six years was enough to make a contribution. If elected now I will serve no more than one term.
Given my prior experience, I am fully aware how Casper College is governed and how it fits within the community college system. Aside from my experience at Casper College, I have served on various other Boards — Chairman and President of United Way, member and President of the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation, member of the Wyoming Business Council, member and Chairman of the regional district of the NASD (the self-regulatory and disciplinary authority of the securities industry). I believe these experiences will help in being a productive member of the board.
5. Do you feel you could be a good steward when it comes to financial decisions? Why or why not?
Educationally and professionally my background is finance and I am well versed in the financial workings of the college. I am fiscally responsible and conservative.
6. On the issue of transparency, where do you stand on ensuring all public business is conducted openly and in a manner that encourages public attendance?
It is imperative the college be transparent in how it conducts the public’s business. Engagement with the public is really important so the college knows what the needs of the community are and the community understands what’s available through the college.
7. Are you familiar with the work of the trustees in recent years? Are you pleased with what you have seen, or are there problems you see that you think need to be addressed?
I am aware of the work of the trustees and the administration. I am also aware, however, of concerns expressed by members of the community about whether there is ample outreach and responsiveness in meeting various vocational and academic program needs. Because these concerns are not isolated, and I have experienced them firsthand, I intend to explore these concerns, determine if they are addressable and, if so, try to make certain the college is responsive to them. The facility also deserves consistent support in terms of compensation and benefits and an administration and board that listens to their concerns. With that comes accountability.
8. Should you be elected, or reelected, do you plan on seeking any major policy changes? If yes, what would those changes be? If no, why not?
I think it is important to first get acclimated to the board, administration, faculty, etc. before proposing policy changes. I will approach the job of being on the board with an open mind and a passion for the future of Casper College.
9. Is there anything the above questions didn’t ask that you would like to comment on?
I appreciate the opportunity provided by Oil City News to present my views and qualifications and would humbly ask for your vote.
NOTE: All candidates who filed to run for a seat on the Casper College Board of Trustees were sent questionnaires at the same time and Oil City News will publish responses in the order they are received. Candidate responses are only edited for clarity and style.