Candidate Questionnaire: Bruce Gosling for Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees

Bruce Gosling

Editor’s note: Bruce Gosling is running alongside fellow incumbents Rod Lopez and Elizabeth Datkovic for three open seats on Glen Oaks’ Board of Trustees.

Name: Bruce Gosling

Age: 64

Address: White Pigeon, MI

Party affiliation: This is a non-partisan position, although I do support the Libertarian Party
Are you an incumbent? Yes

Family (optional): N/A

Background/Bio:  

I am a 1978 graduate of GOCC and my family has been involved with the college since its inception.  Additionally, all three of my children are graduates and my grand daughter is presently attending the college.

I was born and have lived in the White Pigeon area my whole life.  I have worked as a CPA with Gabridge & Co. in Sturgis (formerly Norman & Paulsen) for 42 years.  My wife and I live in my family’s house that was built by my grand father in 1932. 

Have you previously held public office, or have you served in a public leadership role? If so, what is your experience, and what are some of your accomplishments? 

I have served on the GOCC board for three 6-year terms, as Board Chair for the last of these terms.

How long have you lived in the area you are seeking to represent? 64 years

In your opinion, what are the three most important issues to the area you are seeking to represent and its constituents, and why?  

Completing the capital programs that have been taking place over the last 6 years to our 50+ year old campus, continue to respond to the educational needs of our community and to maintain our quality of education and staff into the future.

What measures will you pursue to address those issues? 

Continue to work with and support the administration in achieving these goals.

Why did you choose to run for the position that you did? 

GOCC has been an important part of my life since its inception.  It is a valuable asset for our community and I think it is important to serve and assist its growth as be best I can.

What would you say is your leadership style, and how will you utilize its strengths in your position? 

Cooperation among the board and administration is key to our success.

How will you know that you’re accurately representing your community? 

I imagine that if I was not doing my job I would have opposition in this race.

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