CMC not hurrying to find permanent replacement for Heelan |

CMC not hurrying to find permanent replacement for Heelan

Don’t look for a new Colorado Mountain College to be walking the halls until late next summer.

That’s the word from CMC spokesperson Joe Marquez, after the board tabled its search to replace Dr. Cynthia Heelan last Friday.

“When we do start the process, we will name a search committee,” Marquez said. “We’ll probably get with the Association of Community Colleges, too.”

Because it will be seven to nine months before the board names a new president, acting president Robert Spuhler was named interim president at Friday’s monthly board meeting, and David Borofsky was named vice-president.

Board member Jeanne Sheriff said the board will discuss the president search at its Dec. 8 meeting.

Heelan, who served nine years, cited health reasons for unexpectedly stepping down as president in October. In a prepared statement, she said, “I have given my heart and soul to Colorado Mountain College, and this marvelous institution will always be a part of me. However, during a recent medical leave I realized that I personally need a change in lifestyle.”

During Heelan’s tenure, CMC built 11 academic centers and residence halls, and created 16 new academic programs. Marquez estimated construction costs at $50 million to $60 million.

The college also opened a street-level art gallery at its offices in downtown Glenwood Springs.

In a prepared statement, CMC board chairman Dr. John Giardino of Leadville said he was sad to see Heelan go.

“She was an incredible servant leader, whose participative management style ensured the best decisions were made for the college as a whole,” Giardino said. “She elevated our image across the state and nationally, while facilitating huge improvements in the quality of our programs, services and facilities.”

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