STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The University of Colorado at Boulder’s student elections were coming up and the Ignite CU ticket needed a third candidate for its tri-executive presidency. They turned to David Kidd, a Steamboat Springs High School graduate they had heard about on campus.
“We had interviewed several candidates who were very confident, if not a little bit cocky, then we interviewed David,” said Olivia Wittenberg, CU’s student body president of student affairs. “He had this quiet confidence about him and I could tell he was very driven … and was definitely most qualified for the job.”
Driven might be an understatement for the 2015 Steamboat graduate who’s now a senior at CU Boulder. He’s majoring in science and business administration, has a 3.9 GPA and plans to go to law school.
Kidd also was the former academic director of Sigma Nu fraternity, is involved with the Global Downs Syndrome Foundation of Philanthropy and serves on the Intercampus Student Forum, which represents CU’s four campuses and answers to CU’s Board of Regents. He is also in the Leeds Scholars Program, an honors leadership program for the Leeds Business School, and he interned for Sen. Michael Bennett.
In addition to his heavy academic schedule, Kidd will now basically control a $24 million budget as CU’s student body president of internal affairs.
“We work more autonomously than any other student government in the nation,” Kidd said. “I oversee $24 million of student fees, and we make sure they’re spent in places that benefit students the most.”
Kidd shares the tri-presidency with Wittenberg, who oversees organized campus groups, and Jake Reagan, who oversees legislative affairs that affect CU’s student body.
Kidd’s mother Alayna Kidd didn’t even know David was running for president until she heard about it from his twin sister, Serina.
“He’s the most responsible person I’ve ever known. Even when he was a little kid, he was so serious,” Alayna said. “We have horses, and they barrel raced when they were 9. And when we were on the road, he’d take on all this responsibility on his shoulders, even making sure we stayed awake while we were driving.”
Alayna said her son, who skied competitively with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, gave up skiing in high school to save money for his parents, knowing he wouldn’t compete in college like his twin, who now skis for Denver University.
A severe concussion in high school also affected his GPA and left him with few possibilities for scholarships. Alayna said David made the best of it.
“He started working the farmers market in the summers,” Alayna said. “He took up tennis and did so well he got a small scholarship.”
Sister Serina wasn’t surprised that the CU Ignite party sought out her brother to help lead the university student body.
“David always loved school as a kid,” Serina said. “We’re twins, so kindergarten was the first time we were ever separated. He would get extra coloring homework from his teacher and bring it home for me.
“Trust me, he’ll try to inspire the student body to be the best they can be,” Serina added.
David Kidd will help lead the student body of 30,000 until the end of his term in May 2019.