DENVER - Alton D. Scales, currently campus chief executive officer for Colorado Mountain College’s Breckenridge and Dillon campuses, has been appointed president of the Community College of Aurora (CCA) in Aurora, Colorado by Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), in consultation with the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.
Scales will assume the presidency on July 23, 2012.
Dr. Geri Anderson, vice president for student and academic affairs, and provost for the Colorado Community College System, has been serving as interim president. She will return to her full-time position at CCCS on July 23, 2012. Dr. Anderson was appointed as interim president when Dr. Linda Bowman resigned her position as president of CCA in March 2012 to travel to Hong Kong for six weeks to work on higher education public policy after receiving the prestigious Fulbright Specialists Award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the United States State Department. She is continuing at CCCS as vice-president for Executive Leadership Training and Development.
“I am very pleased that Mr. Scales has accepted the presidency of the Community College of Aurora. This college has been very innovative in the past years in areas such as concurrent enrollment for high school students, programs for veterans, and simulation labs to enhance the learning experience,” McCallin said. “Alton Scales’ background in community college leadership and in higher education makes me confident that he will be a great fit for the community and the college. We are all looking forward to working with him and welcome him to the system and college.”
“I also want to thank Dr. Geri Anderson for her leadership during the search process,” said McCallin. “Dr. Anderson’s familiarity with the system and the college made her invaluable in her role as interim president at the Community College of Aurora during the search. We are glad to have her returning to her position here full-time. She has been greatly missed.”
“I am very excited over the prospect of serving the citizens of Aurora as the next president of one of the community’s most prized assets, the Community of College of Aurora,” said Scales.
Scales was one of two finalists sent to Dr. McCallin after numerous community forums, interviews, and tours at the Aurora and Lowry campuses.
In his capacity as chief executive officer at the Breckenridge and Dillon campuses for Colorado Mountain College, he is responsible for overseeing academic programs, student services, continuing education, facilities, and business services. Prior to this position, he was assistant vice president for student services at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He also served as assistant vice president for multicultural programs at the university. Prior to that position, he was dean of student services and enrollment management for two campuses while at Neosho County Community College in Chanute and Ottawa, Kansas.
Scales received his master’s of science in engineering technology manufacturing and his bachelor’s of science in industrial technology from the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas. He also minored in human resource management, organizational communications, and interpersonal communication at the university.
The Colorado Community College System comprises the state's largest system of higher education serving more than 162,000 students annually. It oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.
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