The Community College of Denver seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and visionary new leader with proven skills, capacity and passion to serve as its next president. Enrolling over 6,000 students each year, the Community College of Denver (CCD) is a public, open access institution that promotes excellence in teaching, learning, and service to its diverse community. CCD seeks a president who believes deeply in the college’s vision and who will embrace those principles to chart a compelling path forward. This work needs to be accomplished in the context of the demands facing community colleges and the nation (e.g., COVID-19 response and management, declining enrollments and tuition revenue). The next president should meet these issues with the same rigor, creativity, curiosity, enthusiasm, and commitment to equity and access that characterize CCD itself. The new president may or may not have leadership experience in higher education but must be stirred by CCD’s mission and possess the vision, voice, and facility to advance, promote, and celebrate it, ensuring CCD’s future as a leading institution of higher education in Colorado and nationally.
Founded in 1967, CCD is a part of the 13-institution Colorado Community College System (CCCS). Located in the ‘Mile High City’, enjoying over three hundred days of sunshine a year, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, and proximity to outdoor adventures, CCD plays a significant role in providing access to education and opportunity to Denver residents, as well as to students from around the state. CCD employs nearly 407 faculty and 196 staff and has an annual operating budget of $60 million. The college offers more than 120 degree and certificate programs, educating approximately 2,300 full-time and 4,000 part-time students per semester. In addition, last year CCD's College Pathways program enabled more than 1,500 high school students to take college classes and collectively earned over 14,000 college credits while still in high school. Strong continuing education and workforce development programs are also offered by the college, including programs through the Advanced Manufacturing Center and partnerships with the Center for Workforce Initiatives. Deeply committed to achieving excellence through diversity and designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, the Community College of Denver’s educational programs are designed to enrich the social, civic, and economic fabric of the local community and state.
Reporting to the Chancellor of the Colorado Community College System, the president will work with system leadership and the CCD campus community to advance the college to new levels of excellence. As the chief ambassador of the Community College of Denver, the president will: generate and steward its financial resources; identify new and strengthen existing partnerships and relationships with the local and state governments, businesses, alumni, other educational institutions, and civic organizations; and ensure that CCD continues to be a dynamic learning resource that empowers students to succeed and fuels the cultural and economic vitality of the region.
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