CCC president accepts new position in Colorado

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Coconino Community College District Governing Board Chairman Patricia Garcia announced today that Dr. Leah L. Bornstein has accepted the position of President at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colo.

Dr. Bornstein, appointed in 2007, has served as the fifth president of Coconino Community College. Her legacy includes pioneering several programs that have earned the college national recognition. Among these programs was the creation of a three-year strategic and tactical plan that implemented more than 300 initiatives with more than a 90 percent completion rate. Her legacy also includes a sustainable financial plan and an award-winning national and state community college/university partnership model, called CCC2NAU, which eliminates transfer and assists students with a seamless transition into Northern Arizona University. She also initiated several additional collaborations with NAU, including the library merger and a reverse transfer program.

Dr. Bornstein has steered the college through unprecedented economic challenges. Enrollment increased 20 percent during her tenure, and she presided over a budget restructure that improved long-term financial stability after substantial cuts in state aid. The college also continued its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, and has a nationally recognized Sustainable Financial Plan, which is a model for community colleges facing significant funding reductions.

In recognition of her leadership, commitment and contributions to NAU and Coconino County, Dr. Bornstein was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in May 2012, and she received the 2014 Athena Award from the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce for her leadership role in the community and her reputation as a mentor to colleagues.

In addition, under Bornstein’s leadership, CCC was ranked one of the fastest growing community colleges in the county by Community College Week in 2012; No. 33 in the nation for achievement, learning, equitability, and cost-to-value by in 2013; No. 29 in the nation in associate degree production for Native American learners by Community College Week in 2012; and No. 25 in nation for best chance of transfer to a university by CNN Money in 2013.

Immediate past District Governing Board Chairman Patrick Hurley said, “Dr. Bornstein was the right leader at the right time for the college, and she will always be remembered for her intelligence, wit and taking the college to a greater level. She is the most outstanding college president that I have ever been associated with.”

Current Chairman Patricia Garcia added, “Filling Dr. Bornstein’s position will not be an easy task. Her grace, good humor, and exceptional professional skills and abilities will be greatly missed. Building on the solid foundation left by Dr. Bornstein, the District Governing Board is prepared to launch a search for our next president.”

Prior to joining CCC as President, Dr. Bornstein served as CEO for Colorado Mountain College - Summit County Campus in Breckinridge, Colo.  Dr. Bornstein’s work has captured the attention of national boards and commissions on which she holds several officer and leadership positions.  

“Accepting the position at Aims Community College is bittersweet,” Dr. Bornstein said. “I am excited about the new challenge ahead. However, Joe and I will truly miss the friends we have made throughout the county and our colleagues at CCC and NAU.”

Founded in 1967, Aims has four Colorado campuses, which include Fort Lupton, Greeley, Loveland and Windsor. All four campuses serve approximately 8,000 students annually.

About Coconino Community College

Student success is the heart and purpose of Coconino Community College as shown by the fact that CCC is ranked among the top 50 community colleges in the U.S., according to education website, The College has served residents across 18,000 square miles of Coconino County since 1991 and helped create the region's skilled workforce, which is improving overall health, safety and the economy in the region.

The award-winning CCC2NAU program has become a state and national model for seamlessly transitioning community college students to a four-year university. The program has served more than 1,700 students, compared to a starting cohort of 15 in 2008. The CCC2NAU program provides an innovative way to smooth a student's path toward a bachelor's degree with tailored advisement and institutional collaboration, including access to amenities at NAU. The College provides affordable tuition and a wide variety of certificates and degrees including career/technical programs with more than 60 certificate programs and two-year associate degrees in various fields including nursing, fire science, law enforcement and business.

CCC reaches out to the more rural portions of the County including Williams, the Grand Canyon/Tusayan, Page/Lake Powell, Fredonia, Tuba City and other remote areas on the Navajo, Hopi and Supai Tribal Lands with instructional sites that offer classes through online, in person and Interactive Television classes to meet the needs of students in these rural and remote areas. Nearly 25 percent of CCC's student population comprises Native American learners.

When CCC first opened its doors, nearly 1,000 students enrolled at the Flagstaff campus in the first semester. Since then, the college has experienced an astounding growth rate and today serves more than 7,500 students per year with two campuses in Flagstaff. The Flagstaff Lone Tree campus houses the College's administration offices, as well as the majority of the general education courses. The Flagstaff Fourth Street campus houses the Flagstaff Medical Center Institute for Nursing Education as well as other vocational programs, like fire science and construction management.


Tuesday, 5th May 2015

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