I never lived in a town with more than 500 people until I graduated from college. Growing up in and attending college in small towns made an impression on me, as I suspect it does for most who have similar experiences.
I learned the importance of community, of people coming together for a common purpose. I saw the power of opportunity. I valued service to something bigger than myself, like my 4-H experience. Those and the other values I learned before finally venturing off to cities bigger than 500 have guided me in my life, and I hope I can bring some of them to bear in my new job as president of the University of Colorado.
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