New Rifle CMC dean announced
After months of searching, Colorado Mountain College has found a new vice president and campus dean for its Rifle campus.
Longtime educator Carole Boughton attended the campus’s graduation ceremony earlier this month and expects to relocate to Rifle and join the college full-time by mid-June.
“Having such a talented and experienced campus leader join the CMC team as we start planning our college’s next 50 years will further enable us to better serve our students and communities,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president CEO of the college, in the press release.
Boughton comes to CMC from Northern Wyoming Community College district in Gillette where she served as the director of the Center for Workforce and Community Development. She has a master’s of public administration from the University of Wyoming in Laramie and has years of experience working with multicampus structures in rural communities. Her experience includes working at Western Wyoming Community College, and over the years she continues to look for ways to improve community economic development and collaboration with the oil and gas industry.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to come back home and work at CMC,” she said. “I worked on a project at CMC 10 years ago and just fell in love with the campus. Now 10 years later I return home for my dream job.”
Her predecessor at the Rifle campus, Rachel Pokrandt, moved to Leadville last summer to take on the position of vice president and campus dean for CMC Leadville and Chaffee County, one of the college’s three residential campuses.
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