New CCC president to start Feb. 1, 2016


Dr. Colleen Smith will begin her tenure on Feb. 1. She will visit the campus several times during transition.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Dr. Colleen Smith, the new permanent President of Coconino Community College, will begin her tenure on Feb. 1, 2016.

During the regular meeting of the CCC District Governing Board, the board members unanimously voted to approve a contract with Dr. Smith.

"I am both thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to serve the students, faculty, staff and communities of Coconino Community College as the next president,” Dr. Smith said. “Everyone I met during my visit to the college gave a warm welcome and demonstrated a strong sense of pride in CCC. I saw a spirit of determination and hard work at the college, and I saw evidence across the college of individuals setting high standards for student learning and student success. I look forward to working with the District Governing Board, the community and the entire team at Coconino Community College in a collaborative environment that puts students first."

Dr. Smith, who serves as District Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs for Collin College in McKinney, Texas, 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. In the interim, Veronica Hipolito, Dean of Student Services, was appointed to serve as Interim President until Dr. Smith takes over on Feb. 1.

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 more than 60 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.


Wednesday, 23rd September 2015

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  • Wednesday, 23rd September 2015