CCC governing board to negotiate contract with presidential finalist


The CCC District Governing Board has entered into contract negotiations with finalist Dr. Colleen Smith.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Coconino Community College District Governing Board announced at a special meeting Monday that they have appointed District Governing Board Chair Patricia Garcia (District 2), and Vice Chair Lloyd Hammonds (District 5) to negotiate a contract with Dr. Colleen Smith, the finalist for the President's position at CCC.

Dr. Smith's extensive experience as a community college administrator and a CEO has provided her with a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of higher education leadership. However, she 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 and the students and communities served by that mission.
Throughout her career, Dr. Smith's focus on the students and her collaborative leadership style have served as the driving force behind learning innovations and success initiatives that effectively implement policy changes and launch new programs.
She has successfully negotiated partnerships with Universities and Public Schools to provide smooth transitions for students, as well as with local municipalities for the development of mutually beneficial training facilities.
Her in-depth understanding of both the national and state higher education environments, as well as her CEO experience with budgets and facilities, have contributed to the realistic and results-oriented approach she brings to leadership in the comprehensive community college structure.
Dr. Smith has served as a college President, a Vice President of Instruction, an Associate Dean, and a Division Chair. Her support for both Workforce Education and Transfer programs has proven successful in many different arenas. Dr. Smith's leadership has brought about enrollment increases (37 percent at one institution, with dual credit and online enrollment increases of 47 percent and 64 percent respectively at another), increased local and state support, and successful fund-raising for innovation in technology and new facilities.
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).
She is currently the community college chair of the statewide Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is past chair of the North Texas Community College Consortium. She has served on the Texas Association of Community Colleges Legislative Committee working with state officials and legislators, always increasing the community college span of influence in support of students. She has presented for national conferences on various aspects of the assessment of student learning and has served as a consultant for a variety of colleges and universities throughout the United States and in Canada.
While in Wyoming, Dr. Smith served as a member of the Consultant-evaluator Corps for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission, and she now serves as chair of accreditation committees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Her leadership has produced successful reaccreditation processes at her home college in both regions as well. She is Past-chair of the North Texas Community College Consortium Board of Directors, and is on the Executive Board of the McKinney Community Development Corporation.
She has always served her home community, county and state in a variety of ways with organizations such as: Sweetwater (Wyoming) Workforce Investment Council, Southwest Wyoming Rehabilitation Center, United Way, Wyoming Commission for National and Community Service, Cisco Civic League, Humane Society and more.
A few of her honors and awards include: Kitty Winter Magee Distinguished Scholar Award (TWU), Woman of the Year Award, (Sweetwater County, WY), Distinguished Alumni Award (TWU), President's Award for outstanding service as a Board Member of the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY), and Extra Mile Award (WWCC).
The President's position at CCC was vacated by Dr. Leah L. Bornstein on July 30, 2015, after she accepted a position as the President of Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado. Dr. Bornstein served as President from 2007 to 2015, which is the longest tenure of any president since the College's inception in 1991. 
District Governing Board Chair Patricia Garcia said, "We are fortunate to have had such an outstanding field of finalists. Dr. Smith is the right choice for Coconino Community College at this point in time. She has exceptional qualifications, and having formerly served as a full-time faculty member, Associate Dean, Vice President, and College President, she has tremendous experience that will help CCC to chart the right course for our future. The District Governing Board and college community look forward to working closely with her to meet the needs of the communities we serve."

About Coconino Community College:
Student success is the heart and purpose of Coconino Community College. CCC provides affordable tuition and a wide variety of certificates and degrees including career/technical programs with 48 certificate programs and two-year associate degrees in various fields including nursing, fire science, law enforcement and business. The award-winning CCC2NAU program provides an innovative way to smooth a student's path toward a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University with tailored advisement and institutional collaboration, including access to amenities at NAU.
Since 1991, CCC has served residents across 18,000 square miles of Coconino County. CCC has helped create the region's skilled workforce, which is improving overall health, safety and the economy in the region. Today, CCC serves more than 7,500 students per year with two campuses in Flagstaff.
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. Instructional sites 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 students are Native American learners. 


Monday, 21st September 2015

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