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New Coconino Community College President Begins Work

New Coconino Community College President Begins Work
February 02
09:51 2016

Colleen A. Smith, Ph.D., arrived to work Monday as the new permanent president of Coconino Community College.

Dr. Colleen Smith

Dr. Colleen Smith

“For me, it really is about the people,” Dr. Smith said of her desire to lead CCC. “Everyone I have met at Coconino Community College has shown a sincere concern for students and learning. CCC has a strong district governing board with dedicated members who bring varied life and work experiences to support the college. The opportunities I have had to interact with them have demonstrated that they truly care about the college and the communities in Coconino County. They are more than generous with their time and service to the college. I am enthusiastically looking forward to meeting more people, visiting our communities, and working alongside my colleagues to help strengthen Coconino Community College.”

Dr. Smith, who was District Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs for Collin College in McKinney, Texas, before coming to CCC, has served as a college President, a Vice President of Instruction, an Associate Dean and a Division Chair. Her extensive experience as a community college administrator and a CEO has provided her with a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of higher education leadership. She also credits her years as a full-time faculty member at Western Wyoming Community College as playing an integral role in her passion for the mission of the community college, the students and communities served by that mission.

Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University and both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M Commerce (previously known as East Texas State University).

Dr. Smith replaces Dr. Leah L. Bornstein, who left the position July 1, 2015, after she accepted a position as President of Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado. Veronica Hipolito, Dean of Student Services, was appointed to serve as Interim President until Dr. Smith’s arrival.

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