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CCC President Announces Intention to Retire

February 03, 2017

Central Community College President Dr. Greg Smith has announced his intention to retire as of Dec. 31. In a campus-wide announcement to the faculty and staff, Smith said that he informed the CCC Board of Governors at its January meeting that he intended to vacate his position at the end of the calendar year.

Greg Smith Photo“I am honored to have served for nine years as CCC president,” said Smith. “CCC is one of the top community colleges in the country. With our talented and dedicated faculty and staff, a strong committed board of governors, and a singular focus on student learning and student success, I am confident that CCC will continue to be a leading innovator in the community college world.”

Named as CCC’s fourth president in 2008, Smith served as executive vice president for two years. His prior work includes 15 years with the Colorado community colleges, both as vice president for institutional effectiveness, planning and technology at the Community College of Denver and as director of research and planning for the Colorado Community College System. He began his professional career as a psychologist advising on educational and mental health policy issues for the Denver Research Institute at the University of Denver.

Smith has led and served in many capacities at the state, national and international levels. Some examples include serving as a past chair of the Nebraska Community College Association CEO Council. He also served on four American Association of Community Colleges Commissions: Academic, Student and Community Development; Diversity, Inclusion and Equity; Research, Technology and Emerging Trends; and Global Education. He recently served a two-year term as president of the Postsecondary International Network.

Following service in the U.S. Army, Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Illinois University. He received master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology from the University of Denver. He has authored and presented nearly 100 papers – mostly related to applied research in higher education.

The CCC Board of Governors will conduct the search for Smith’s successor, although the nature and timing of the search has not been determined.