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Semi finalists for Community College of Aurora president named

Thursday, March 22, 2012 Rhonda Bentz

DENVER – The national search for a president for Community College of Aurora (CCA) began in February and a search committee comprised of college employees, local business leaders and other educational leaders from across the state has been working to screen and conduct preliminary interviews of applicants in order to identify those most suited to be considered for the role of president.

The search is necessary to replace the former president, Dr. Linda Bowman, who retired in 2011 after having served at CCA since 2000. Dr. Geri Anderson, Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Vice President for Student and Academic Affair and CCCS Provost is serving as the CCA interim president during the search process.

CCCS today announced that the search committee has named five semi-finalists for consideration to become the permanent president for CCA.

The five semi-finalists are:

• Dr. Christine Chairsell, currently the District Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon;

• Dr. Martyn Clay, currently the Provost for Academic and Student Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell in Roswell, New Mexico;

• Dr. Diane Hegeman, currently the Vice President of Instruction at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado;

• Dr. Elizabeth Lewis, currently Vice President of Academic Affairs at Northeast Lakeview College in Universal City, Texas;

• Mr. Alton Scales, currently the Summit Campus Chief Executive Officer at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge and Dillon, Colorado.

The presidential candidates will visit CCA’s Lowry and CentreTech campuses on April 4, 5 and 6 to participate in public forums. All sessions will help the college’s constituents learn about the candidates, their backgrounds and experiences, leadership style, and philosophy on a variety of issues.

The public forums are scheduled as follows:

April 4 – 2:30 to 3:15 PM Alton Scales Bergren Room – Lowry Campus
April 4 – 3:30 to 4:15 PM Diane Hegeman Bergren Room – Lowry Campus

April 5 – 8:30 to 9:15 AM Beth Lewis Bergren Room – Lowry Campus
April 5 – 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM Marty Clay Bergren Room – Lowry Campus
April 5 – 2:30 to 3:15 PM Christine Chairsell Bergren Room – Lowry Campus
April 5 – 1:30 to 2:15 PM Alton Scales Fine Arts Building, Forum – CentreTech Campus
April 5 – 2:30 to 3:15 PM Diane Hegeman Fine Arts Building, Forum – CentreTech Campus
April 5 – 3:30 to 4:15 PM Beth Lewis Fine Arts Building, Forum – CentreTech Campus

April 6 – 1:00 to 1:45 PM Marty Clay Fine Arts Building, Forum – CentreTech Campus
April 6 – 2:00 to 2:45 PM Christine Chairsell Fine Arts Building, Forum – CentreTech Campus

If you are unable to attend the public forums, there will also be a public reception held at the Student Centre Rotunda – CentreTech Campus on April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. All candidates will be present and guests will have an opportunity to visit with them on a one-on-one basis. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

All of those who attend the forums and the reception will be asked to complete a feedback form providing their thoughts and input regarding the candidates. Every feedback form submitted will be read by the members of the search committee and Dr. Nancy McCallin, CCCS President, prior to the final selection of a new president. The feedback from the college constituents is highly encouraged and regarded in the decision making process.

The address for CCA Lowry Campus is 710 Alton Way, Denver, CO 80230 and the address for CCA CentreTech Campus is 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Aurora, CO 80011.

Located in Aurora, Colorado’s third-largest city, CCA serves more than 425,000 residents in a 350 square-mile service area that spans portions of three counties (Arapahoe, Adams, and Denver). The service area includes Aurora, eastern Denver, some southern suburban communities, and part of the eastern plains. CCA’s two campuses, CentreTech and Lowry, are home to more than 14,000 students annually. Both facilities are equipped with the latest technologies, allowing students to study new and traditional programs.

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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