Written by Jo Carroll
As of May 10th Front Range Community College has chosen Dr Colleen Simpson to preside over the largest college in the Colorado Community College System.
She was chosen in the wake of President Andy Dorsey announcing his retirement, which will be effective on June 30th. Dr. Simpson will take her position officially on the 1st of August with Dr. Rebecca Wolfe acting as interim president for the month of July.
“I am excited and deeply honored to be selected to lead Front Range Community
College, and as president, I will continue to live the values of service, integrity,
transparency, and inclusiveness in decision-making,” said Simpson in a press release by CCCS
She received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Fordham University along with her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and B.B.A. in International Marketing both from Baruch College.
In talking about the choice, Chancellor Garcia commented on Simpson’s clear focus on student access and success and on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), stating it will further strengthen the college.
“FRCC is a dynamic, forward-thinking institution, and I am excited to amplify my commitment to students first, excellence in teaching and learning, and equitable outcomes for students,
faculty, and instructors.” said Simpson
Dr. Simpson comes with over 20 years experience in academic administration serving as a key administrator in student success and retention at City University of New York. She then became the vice president of student services and regional learning centers at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
The choice for the incoming president was spearheaded by a 17 member search committee, and included student lead interviews as well as multi campus meet and greets.
When she takes office, Dr. Simpson will be the first black president of FRCC and the second black female president in CCCS history.