Community College of Aurora President Dr. Linda Bowman Receives Fulbright Specialists Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 9, 2012
CONTACT: Rhonda Bentz, 303/916-0502



DENVER – Today, Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) announced that Dr. Linda Bowman, president of the Community College of Aurora (CCA) and vice-president for Executive Leadership Training and Development for CCCS, has received the prestigious Fulbright Specialists Award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the United States State Department.

Dr. Bowman, who announced her retirement last year, has continued to serve as the president of CCA while the college conducts a national search for a new president. As a Fulbright Specialist, Dr. Bowman will travel to Hong Kong to work on higher education public policy from March 2 through April 12. More information on the project is detailed below. Her last day at CCA will be February 29. Dr. Geri Anderson, current vice-president of Academic and Student Affairs and provost for CCCS will assume the position of interim president at CCA while the search for a permanent president is being conducted. Dr. Anderson will continue her responsibilities at CCCS during this time. CCA has begun a national search for a new president and will start the candidate review process this month.

“Congratulations to Dr. Bowman for receiving this award. This is a tremendous honor,” said McCallin. “We will miss her, but wish her well in this opportunity and look forward to her return to the system. We are fortunate that Linda has worked for the Colorado Community Colleges for 20 years and has been the longest-tenured president in any of the public institutions of higher education in Colorado. Her innovative spirit has brought many benefits to the college and the system. Just to name a few of her accomplishments, she was instrumental in the passage of seamless transfer legislation for our students and legislation which made improvements to the concurrent enrollment program. She has received numerous awards and recognition nationally and now this Fulbright Specialist award is added to a long list of her achievements. Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Bowman for her commitment and dedication to students and all of her colleagues over the years and in the future.”

“I am very pleased that Dr. Anderson has agreed to serve as interim president at the Community College of Aurora,” said McCallin. “Her experience with student success programs and her vast knowledge of community college policy issues makes her the best choice for this position. I am confident that the college is in very good hands as we conduct the search for the permanent president.”

Dr. Bowman has served since 2000 as President of the Community College of Aurora, and has served concurrently as a Vice President for the Community System since 1995. She began her career in the Community College System in 1992, at Red Rocks Community College. She has also served as interim president of Lamar Community College and Arapahoe Community College. Following her work in Hong Kong, Dr. Bowman will return to her role as vice-president for Executive Leadership Training and Development for CCCS.

Dr. Geri Anderson, vice-president of Academic and Student Affairs and provost of CCCS assumes the responsibilities as interim president of CCA on March 1, 2012 and will serve until the appointment of the new president. In her capacity at CCCS, she provides leadership for all community college academic and student affairs policy review and development and ensures the development and enhancement of high quality career and technical, and transfer education programs through on-going program review and student learning assessments. Prior to joining CCCS, Dr. Anderson served in several leadership positions at Front Range Community College. She began her career as a middle school science teacher and administrator in Nebraska. In her 30 years experience as a higher education administrator and faculty member she has worked at large public research institutions, private liberal arts colleges and public community colleges.

While in Hong Kong, Dr. Bowman will work with Hong Kong’s eight universities and 14 major community colleges on policy development to facilitate transfer of credit across the system of higher education. Dr. Bowman is one of over 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program. The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world. The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Over 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields.

The Colorado Community College System comprises the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 162,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.

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