June 3, 2020
Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends of Coconino Community College,
For many of us, COVID-19 has intensely altered and distorted our lives in contrast to our usual safety net of how we view and live in this world. Besides the terrible impact of this illness on friends and loved ones, the loss of income and constant worry about today, tomorrow, and the future keeps many people frozen in time. Without the emotional and financial support to move forward and make decisions about life, this fear of the unknown is causing anxiety to a level never before experienced by many people.
And yet, as I watch the civil unrest continuing to grow throughout our nation, I am sadly reminded once again of how many of our friends and neighbors (close by, throughout the nation, and throughout the world) have always lived with and continue to live with fear of the unknown. Now, more than ever, that sense of community that is at the heart of the community college mission is important for students, co-workers, friends and neighbors throughout our great country. It is through community that we listen, learn, and seek to understand. It is through community that we demonstrate our support and care for others. And it is through community that we can overcome those fears and accomplish our dreams for a vibrant future.
The philosophy that drives Coconino Community College of valuing all people demonstrates our commitment to creating an environment that provides opportunities for learning and innovation to everyone who comes through our doors. We are a community of learners, and, as stated in our core value of diversity, “we appreciate and welcome cultures, identities, beliefs, experiences, and all that makes us unique.” Even though we live in an uncertain time, please know that Coconino Community College is proud to serve as your community.
Valuing People: Diversity Statement
Coconino Community College recognizes and respects diversity and the value it brings to our communities.
We appreciate and welcome cultures, identities, beliefs, experiences and all that makes us unique.
CCC champions and takes action to build an inclusive work and learning environment.
We are allies and advocates, navigating a respectful dialogue about our shared humanity.
Put Students First
Listen, Learn, and Collaborate
Act and Respond with Integrity
Communicate with Honesty, Dignity, and Respect
Demonstrate Exceptional Stewardship of Public Resources
Continually Strive for Excellence as a Community of Learners
Provide a Safe Environment that Reinforces Learning and Innovation
With gratitude for our community,
Colleen A. Smith, PhD
Shaping the future of Coconino County. Empowering Individuals. Inspiring Communities.
Education with Purpose!
Coconino Community College is committed to providing accessible and affordable educational programs that prepare students for the future. Deeply engaged with the communities we serve, we promote student success through a welcoming and inclusive learning environment designed for innovative programming, career and workforce development, university transfer education, and continued life-long learning opportunities.
VALUING PEOPLE: DIVERSITY STATEMENT
Coconino Community College recognizes and respects diversity and the value it brings to our communities. We appreciate and welcome cultures, identities, beliefs, experiences and all that makes us unique. CCC champions and takes action to build an inclusive work and learning environment. We are allies and advocates, navigating a respectful dialogue about our shared humanity.
These principles guide the way we work and learn together at Coconino Community College through our commitment to:
- Put Students First
- Listen, Learn, and Collaborate
- Act and Respond with Integrity and Resilience
- Communicate with Honesty, Dignity, and Respect
- Demonstrate Exceptional Stewardship of Public Resources
- Continually Strive for Excellence as a Community of Learners
- Provide a Safe Environment that Reinforces Learning and Innovation
Office and Events Specialist Sr.
Colleen A. Smith, PhD
Dr. Colleen Smith currently serves as President for Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona. She has a passion for the mission of the community college that she developed during her years as a full-time faculty member at Western Wyoming Community College. Throughout her career, Dr. Smith’s focus on the students and her collaborative leadership style have served as the driving force behind innovation and success initiatives that effectively implement policy, changes to processes, and launching new programs. She served colleges in Texas and Wyoming in administrative positions including Dean, Vice President for Instruction, Senior Vice President and President before coming to CCC in Arizona.
Dr. Smith earned her PhD from Texas Woman’s University and both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&M Commerce (previously known as East Texas State University). While in Wyoming she served as a member of the Consultant-evaluator Corps for the Higher Learning Commission and while in Texas she chaired accreditation committees for the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges. She has served as the Community College Chair of the state-wide Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and chair of the North Texas Community College Consortium. She has always served her home community, county, and state with a variety of organizations such as: Sweetwater (Wyoming) Workforce Investment Council, Southwest Wyoming Rehabilitation Center, Wyoming Commission for National and Community Service, Cisco Civic League, Sweetwater Humane Society, McKinney Community Development Executive Board, United Way Campaign Co-chair and Goodwill Board of Directors, etc.
She currently serves on the Boards of the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona and the Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance. Having previously served as Chair, she currently serves the Board of the Arizona Community College Coordinating Council as Past Chair. She is on the executive board of LAUNCH Flagstaff and serves on the national Presidential Advisory Board for Phi Theta Kappa.
A few of her honors and awards include Kitty Winter Magee Distinguished Scholar Award, Woman of the Year Award, Distinguished Alumni Award, President’s Award for outstanding service as a Board Member of the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association, and the Extra Mile Award.
In her spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, and enjoying the outdoors.
Executive Leadership Council is the President's leadership team. To learn more about Executive Leadership Council please visit the Executive Leadership Council page.
Each month, the President prepares a report for the District Governing Board that highlights the activities of the College. Some of the items included are awards/recognitions, special events, and department/division updates.
February, March, and April 2020