Jean Runyon Bids Farewell to FRCC

By Jennifer Biyinzika

After seven years as vice president of FRCC Larimer, Jean Runyon is moving to her next adventure. She will be the next president at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Va., starting July 1st.


She said that with family in Virginia and kids in New York and Tennessee, she will be living and working much closer to them.


In a recent press conference with the Reporter staff, she said that originally one reason for taking the vice president role at FRCC Larimer Campus was to be near her daughters. Since then her kids have moved to other states.


Pictured: Jean Runyonege She said one key consideration is that her mother, age 90, would be

Courtesy of Front Range Community College within driving distance of her new post.


In a letter to staff, Runyon said she will "long remember and value our many collaborations and the friendships I've made."


In the March press conference, she remarked on accomplishments during her seven years at FRCC.

The college constructed a new health careers center, improved the Longs Peak Student Center and the Mount Antero administrative building.


The college launched a four-year nursing program and expanded its programs for dental assistants and emergency medical technicians.


A key initiative was providing career pathways for students and expanding FRCC's advising services. Pictured: Front Range Community College Health Center and Sign

Courtesy of Front Range Community College

In the last two years, she led the college through the changing landscape of COVID-19. The college has faced the challenges of remote classes, and safety protocols.


Relating to the challenge of leading through a pandemic, she paraphrased a sentence from "Dare to Lead" by Brene Brown: "Even in the midst of the churn, we must create work that makes us proud."