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January 5, 2011
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Rifle native Russell George considered for presidency of CNCC

Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) announced Tuesday, the institution's consideration for presidency is former speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, Russell George.

According to a news release, Cliff Richardson, CCCS vice-president for Finance and Administration, will serve as interim president of CNCC while future plans for a permanent president are under discussion.

Current president, Dr. John Boyd, resigned late last year to assume the presidency of Mayland Community College in North Carolina. Dr. Boyd's last day at CNCC is January 7th.

George served as speaker from 1999 to 2000 and represented Garfield, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000. He currently serves as executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation and was executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources from 2004 to 2007.

He was instrumental in helping to preserve and grow CNCC by sponsoring legislation in 1998 to bring the college into CCCS and create stability that allowed it to thrive and better serve the community.

George is a graduate of Rifle High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree in economics from Colorado State University and his law degree from Harvard Law School.

He recently served on Governor Ritter's Higher Education Strategic Planning Committee that looked at the structure and funding for higher education in the state.

McCallin and George will be visiting CNCC's Rangely and Craig campuses in January for open forums to seek college and community input. Details of times and locations for these forums will be released in the near future.

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