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CCA, City of Aurora cementing bond

New leadership hails cooperation

The City of Aurora and Community College of Aurora have enjoyed a strong partnership through the years. And with Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven now in place as college president and the rest of her leadership team taking form, Mayor Steve Hogan is hopeful that the two entities can solidify the relationship to the benefit of both parties in the short term.

Hogan, speaking at a Tax Help Colorado event on the Lowry campus in early February, said that he has ‘seen and heard good things’ about Oudenhoven, adding that he’s hopeful that with improved continuity within the college that the bond between city and college can be strengthened.

Aside from Oudenhoven’s full-time role as president, CCA in the last several weeks has promoted three to vice president’s roles – Elena Sandoval-Lucero (Student Affairs), Janet Brandau (Academic Affairs) and Chris Ward (Institutional Effectiveness). Additionally, Catherine Trouth has been promoted to director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, further stabilizing the college’s power structure.

“It’s been difficult the last 15-18 months with the changes in leadership, so the continuity is obviously going to help,” Hogan said. “I think Betsy’s confident she made the right decision and we look forward to working with her. The city had a great relationship with Linda Bowman when she was president, and part of that was continuity. So you keep that continuity and things happen.”

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