Governor appoints CCC president to Commission for Postsecondary Education

CCC President Colleen A. Smith will be working for Arizona's students as a new member of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education.

Flagstaff, Ariz. -- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Coconino Community College President Colleen A. Smith, Ph.D., to the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education.


The goals of the commission are to increase available student financial assistance; identify and put strategies into place to help students and families plan, enter and succeed in postsecondary education; and to provide a forum for all sectors of postsecondary education to work together on addressing and solving issues of mutual interest. The commission also coordinates studies of interest to postsecondary institutions and offers the public information on postsecondary education opportunities in the state.


“I’m honored to be appointed by the governor to the Commission for Postsecondary Education and look forward to working with the other commissioners, legislators and colleagues from all sectors of education,” Dr. Smith said. “I’m excited about the mission of expanding access and increasing success in postsecondary education for Arizonans and look forward to serving our state in this capacity.”


The commission, which formed in 1963 to comply with federal law, was later established as an independent state agency in 1994 and has a total of 16 members. Dr. Smith begins her appointment after legislative approval.


For more information about Dr. Smith or Coconino Community College, visit


About Coconino Community College

Coconino Community College faculty and staff are dedicated to promoting an environment of excellence to support students. Since 1991, CCC has served residents across 18,000 square miles of Coconino County. The College has helped create the region's skilled workforce, with the goal of improving the lives of our residents through workforce development and higher education. CCC has served more than 75,000 students countywide, with two campuses in Flagstaff and an instructional site in Page.


CCC provides affordable tuition and a variety of certificates and degrees including career/technical programs with more than 50 certificate programs and two-year associate degrees in various fields. Those fields include nursing, fire science, law enforcement and business. Additionally, CCC has programs that ease student transition to any of the three state universities.


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 20 percent of CCC's students are Native American learners.



Tuesday, 21st November 2017

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  • Tuesday, 21st November 2017