Russ George appointed to head community college
DENVER, Colorado – Russell George, a former state representative and speaker of the House from Rifle, has been appointed the new president of Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC).
The announcement was made Tuesday by Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, which oversees CNCC and several other community colleges in the state.
On Jan. 13, McCallin and George traveled to the Rangely and Craig campuses of CNCC and met with the college staff, faculty and students, as well as community members.
“At these meetings, Mr. George had the opportunity to present his ideas for the college, and attendees were able to ask questions of him,” McCallin said. “We also asked for feedback after the meetings and the support for him was overwhelming.”
George represented what was then the 57th House District in the state Legislature from 1993 to 2000, serving Garfield, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties.
After leaving the Legislature, George was appointed as director of the Colorado Division of Wildlife and later the director of the Department of Natural Resources under former Gov. Bill Owens. For the past four years he served as director of the Colorado Department of Transportation under former Gov. Bill Ritter.
“I am looking forward to getting started in my new job,” said George, who will assume his new position on Jan. 24. “There were many questions about how the college would move forward under my leadership. My philosophy is to listen, learn and work together with the staff, faculty and community.
“There are so many bright, resourceful and innovative people with experience and a deep commitment to the college,” he added. “I know we will continue to improve on the successful learning environment for our students.”
George replaces former CNCC President Dr. John Boyd, who resigned late last year to take the position of president at Mayland Community College in North Carolina.
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