Secretary Williams speaks to Colorado Mesa U students

Secretary of State Wayne Williams addresses Colorado Mesa University’s political science club on Oct. 20, 2017 in Grand Junction. (SOS photo)

Secretary of State Williams urged college students to get involved when he addressed Colorado Mesa University’s political science club a week ago.

He told them a college student served as campaign manager when he ran for secretary of state in 2014.

“The hour-long presentation and question and answer session covered a variety of subjects ranging from the responsibilities of Williams’ office to his personal decisions as a college graduate,’ the student newspaper, The Criterion, reported.

Williams’ visit also was covered by KKCO and KJCT television stations in Grand Junction.

It was the first time Williams has spoken at college. He was invited to talk to the political science club by member Sierra Green when the secretary was in Grand Junction last month for Club 20.

Justin Gollob, a professor of political science at CMU, told the student newspaper that visits such as Williams’ offer a hands-on experience that students “can’t get out of a textbook.”

“I noticed a lot of the questions were personal, about his experiences, how he got there and how he handles different issues,” Gollob said. “And that’s just something very difficult to teach, so it really supplements our material.”

Williams has served as secretary of state since January 2015. He previously was elected to two terms on the El Paso County commission, and one term as the El Paso County clerk and recorder. Williams graduated with honors from Brigham Young University in 1986 and from the University of Virginia Law School in 1989. He was selected as a Harry S Truman Scholar.