Oct 112010
Authors: Erin Udell

Editor’s Note: In order to acquaint the CSU community with its representatives, the Collegian will publish a series of weekly features on each of the Fort Collins City Council members.This is the first of those features.

In middle school, Wade Troxell would ride his bike to city council meetings.

Now, nearly 40 years later, Troxell, a city councilmember and representative for Fort Collins district 4, still has that passion for local government.

“The city council is representative government at its most direct level,” Troxell said. “It’s non-partisan, and it’s really around issues that pertain to Fort Collins.”

Troxell, who was born and raised in Fort Collins, has dedicated his time as a councilmember to the economic health of the city and providing infrastructure that lends itself to a great community.

“My main driver is Fort Collins in its future and keeping it a great place to live for future generations,” Troxell said. “I use that perspective to discern the position I should take on an issue.”

When Troxell ran for council in 2007, he walked through neighborhoods and spoke with Fort Collins residents. Unless they were directly linked to CSU, either as alumni or employees, most people were unaware of how important the university was to the city, Troxell said

As the son of a former CSU professor, Troxell has had ties to the university since he was young.

In 1975, as a CSU freshman, Troxell started playing on the football team as a long snapper before moving to the position of starting offensive center for the next three years.

As a dedicated student-athlete, Troxell graduated from CSU with his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in engineering. He was a NATO Post Doctoral Fellow at Edinburgh University before joining the faculty of CSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1985.

A few years ago, Troxell co-founded the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster, which is a partnership between CSU and northern Colorado communities aimed at creating primary jobs in the field of clean energy as well as furthering clean, renewable energy opportunities for future generations.

“I try to stay keenly aware of CSU, its history in Fort Collins and its future possibilities, so I recognize how integral the campus community is to Fort Collins,” Troxell said. “I attempt to recognize that in my positions.”

As the associate dean for research and economic development for the College of Engineering, Troxell has voiced his opinions on issues that are close to the university and its students.

For instance, Troxell has spoken out against U 2, a citywide ordinance that restricts the number of residents in a household to three unrelated people.

“It’s a restriction of property rights and it directly affects students aversely in regards to rent,” he said.
In addition to occupancy issues, Troxell focuses on listening to student concerns.

“Talking to students can improve a number of aspects in the city,” Troxell said. “I think the student’s voice is important, and I try to be a champion for the students.”

Troxell has also worked with representatives from the Associated Students of CSU to improve communication between city council and the university.

“He really wants to hear our opinion and take that into account when he makes decisions,” said ASCSU President Cooper Anderson. “He’s always willing to meet.”

With direct ties to CSU and an office on campus, Troxell is easily approachable.

“Wade is unbelievable in his willingness to communicate with all of us,” said Chase Eckerdt, the ASCSU director of community affairs. “He brings a really unique perspective to council and as the city moves forward he’s an important voice to have.”

City Council Beat Reporter Erin Udell can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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