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Division director moves up to CEO of CMC Western Garfield Campus

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Teri Kinkade was named CEO of Colorado Mountain College's West Garfield Campus and a college vice president today.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Teri Kinkade was excited Friday afternoon.”I’m kind of overwhelmed,” she admitted. “It’s been a long process, and I’m just thrilled that we know this quickly.”Kinkade was referring to her acceptance as the chief executive officer of the Colorado Mountain College Western Garfield Campus in Rifle.”They just notified the college yesterday at 2 p.m.,” Kinkade said. “It’s been very exciting for me. It’s great, and I’m just overwhelmed with the support that everyone has shown me.”Currently, Kinkade is the division director at the Western Garfield Campus with current campus dean Pam Arsenault as her direct supervisor. Arsenault announced earlier in the year that she would be retiring this fall. It’s been confirmed that Arsenault will leave sometime in early October when Kinkade will take over active duties as the head of the campus with the new title of CEO.According to CMC officials, as part of CMC President Stan Jensen’s new direction for the college the seven deans, who are each in charge of a campus, will be given the new title of CEO to restructure the college’s organization and have more people, like Kinkade, report directly to Jensen.Filled with anticipation, Kinkade is ready for the new challenge, which, she said, would not be unfamiliar territory to her.”I’ve been acting campus dean in Arsenault’s absence and am fairly familiar with the duties and responsibilities involved,” Kinkade said.She seemed like the most logical choice to Jensen.”It’s not easy to follow in the footsteps of an excellent leader like Pam Arsenault, but I have confidence (Teri) will do a great job,” Jensen said. “Teri will help us in our pursuit of becoming the first choice for higher education, and the first choice for partnerships within the communities we serve.”Kinkade has about 25 years of experience at the higher education level, 15 of those years with CMC. She’s worked as the director of pre-enrollment services and, since 2002, as the division director at the Rifle and then West Garfield campuses. She has extensive experience in college and university administration, holds a bachelor of science degree in broadcasting and public relations from the University of Wyoming at Laramie, and a master of arts in education from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb.Through the years working in the field of education, her passions for higher education at the community college level grew.”I really became committed and passionate about higher education when I saw the difference it makes in people’s lives within the community.”Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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