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Dec. 20, 2019 — Aurora, Colo. — After a national search, Angela Marquez, whose more than 25 years of experience includes higher-education leadership, diversity and inclusivity, and enrollment and retention, has been named the Community College of Aurora’s new vice president of student affairs. Marquez comes to CCA from Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she most recently was the special assistant to the president for HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and executive director for inclusion and HSI.
“We are gaining an experienced and thoughtful leader who is collaborative, collegial and student-centered,” CCA President Betsy Oudenhoven said. “She will be a bridge-builder across the college and will help us to continue to improve the student experience at CCA. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with her.”
Marquez brings a reputation as a hardworking, inclusive and collaborative leader to CCA. In her career, she has worked directly in the areas of compliance, disability services, diversity and inclusion, enrollment and retention, and transfer. Marquez also has a significant amount of institutional leadership experience, reporting directly to the university president. At MSU Denver, she led a 60-member cross-functional HSI implementation team and cochaired the President’s Council of Academic Excellence and Student Success.
Marquez is familiar with CCA and its values and diverse student body as CCA is one of MSU Denver’s primary transfer partners. She is experienced in and passionate about serving the needs of diverse populations of students, faculty and staff, and will bring those skills to CCA to help the college as it strives to become a more equitable institution.
“I am excited to be joining the CCA community. It was evident during my visit to the Community College of Aurora that it prides itself in providing access and opportunity to higher education to its very diverse student population,” Marquez said. “With the vision that every student succeeds, I look forward to advancing this work together with CCA faculty, staff and administrators, easing transitional barriers, providing supportive services, and improving the experiences and outcomes for all students.”
Marquez holds a doctorate degree in education and human resources, with a specialization in higher education and educational leadership, from Colorado State University. She earned a master’s degree in psychology and a master’s certificate in adult learning, training and development from Regis University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Regis.