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