President Colleen Smith

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.




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


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April Sandoval

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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, the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, LAUNCH Flagstaff, and the Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance. She is also a member of the Arizona Community College Coordinating Council and previously served as Chair. She serves on the national Presidential Advisory Boards for Phi Theta Kappa and the Steve Fund.


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, the Extra Mile Award, and the 2020 Athena Award.


In her spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, and enjoying the outdoors.

Executive Leadership Council

The Executive Leadership Council works collaboratively to make decisions with the goal of strengthening the College through an understanding of various perspectives across the College.  The ELC utilizes data and input from Councils including  Staff Council, Committees, and the Faculty Senate in making decisions as part of Shared Governance.  The ELC serves in an advisory role to the President as well.  To learn more about Executive Leadership Council please visit the Executive Leadership Council page.