May 16, 2018 – Aurora, CO – Chris Tombari has been named Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Liberal Arts at the Community College of Aurora.
“Mr. Tombari is a valuable part of the CCA community,” said Dr. Tricia Johnson, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “He will continue to bring his passion for higher education and learning to this new role as we ensure that every student succeeds at CCA.”
As Dean of Academic Affairs, Tombari will serve as the instructional leader for the School of Liberal Arts, maintaining focus on the growth and development of both the instructional team and its students and incorporating the larger needs of the College’s strategic plan. “It is a pleasure to continue serving our students in this new role,” he said. “I am honored to give back to so many students from so many different backgrounds that are on their journey to academic success.”
Tombari joined CCA in 2009 as Chair for the English as a Second Language (ESL) Department. In March 2016, he changed positions to become Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Prior to joining CCA, he worked for almost 12 years as an instructor and program director for the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, a non-profit education and consulting organization. He started his career in education in 1993 as an English teacher and teacher trainer with the Peace Corps in Mongolia.
Tombari earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University and his master’s degree in English from the University of Colorado Denver. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado.