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We are pleased to announce that Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Chancellor Joe Garcia selected Colleen Simpson to serve as President of Front Range Community College (FRCC). Dr. Simpson will begin her role on August 1, 2022, following the retirement of current President Andy Dorsey.

Bringing decades of higher education experience to the role, Dr. Simpson’s career reflects experience in enrollment management, student affairs, academic affairs, teaching, and leadership of institutions with multiple campuses and regional learning centers.

Dr. Simpson is a proven leader with unequivocal commitment to the community college mission and will draw on her extensive expertise to energize and lead the FRCC community into the next era. Dr. Simpson’s appointment makes her FRCC’s first African American president and the second African American woman president in CCCS.

Currently the Vice President of Student Services and Regional Learning Centers at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Dr. Simpson oversees multi-campuses and five regional learning centers. In this role, she has focused on leading academic innovation, designing “student-ready” experiences, and addressing the educational, economic and workforce development needs of the region.?Prior to this role, Dr. Simpson served as the administrator overseeing retention and student success at Bronx Community College (CUNY) in her home state of New York, where she led and managed a comprehensive program of services promoting access, retention, engagement, and completion.

Dr. Simpson earned her B.B.A. in International Marketing and her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy from Fordham University.

Bud Moseley and Kennedy Kearney led this search with Jean Jacoby and Mindy Cimini.

More information is available here.


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