CCCS is proud to announce three new members have joined the state board and a current member has been reappointed. All four individuals are outstanding leaders who are committed to innovation, excellence, and the communities that we serve.
Please welcome these extremely experienced new members to our Board.
The Colorado Community College System is governed by an 11-member board called the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) who serve staggered four-year terms, and they are charged with not only overseeing the mission and vision of our 13 community colleges and system office, but also the distribution of federal and state funding that go to secondary and postsecondary schools for career and technical education (CTE). All of the board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. The members reflect Colorado’s seven congressional districts, plus two at-large members.
The board also dedicates a seat to a community college faculty member and a student representative who serve in non-voting capacities for one year each.
To learn more about the state board, visit the CCCS website at https://www.cccs.edu/about-cccs/state-board/.
Dr. Landon Mascarenaz (District 1)
“Our Community Colleges are critical opportunity engines across Colorado. As a son of a mom who taught in community colleges and a father who attended one, I know how critical they are for families. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve my state to support these important community institutions.”
Dr. Landon Mascareñaz is a Vice President at A+ Colorado, an action think tank focused on school districts across Colorado. He leads the organization’s advocacy, development and partnership efforts to build momentum for educational change across Colorado. Landon is a regular writer and speaker on issues of education, family engagement and politics. He is thrilled to serve on the state board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education as his mom taught in community colleges and his father attended one in pursuit of his degree in construction management.
Terrance D. McWilliams (District 5)
“I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve on the SBCCOE. After serving as the Advisory Board Chair for Pikes Peak Community College, I gained a broader understanding and appreciation for the vast opportunities the Community College System offers to the state of Colorado and beyond.”
Terrance McWilliams is Senior Vice President at El Pomar Foundation, located in Colorado Springs. The Foundation’s purpose is to benefit the people of Colorado through grant making in the areas of education, health care, civic and community initiatives, the environment, amateur sports, human services and the arts. In his role, Terrance oversees the Foundation’s military community outreach activities, including implementation and management of innovative programs designed to provide direct services and support to the Military’s Active Duty, Guard and Reserve members and their families. Terrance also supports the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Colorado, as it relates to broader military policy.
Hanna Skandera (District 1)
“As a community college graduate myself, I have personally experienced how transformative the community college experience can be. I am thrilled to be joining the SBCCOE to make that a reality for more students across Colorado.”
Hanna Skandera has over two decades of executive leadership experience to a variety of national and state-level private, public and not-for-profit organizations serving rural, suburban and urban settings. As a community college graduate, she knows the value and opportunity SBCCOE presents to transform the lives of its students.
Currently, Skandera is CEO of Mile High Strategies serving as an education and employability entrepreneur, thought leader, senior advisor and executive coach in leadership development and strategy, growing organizational impact, and transforming organizational culture. Skandera is also Editor and Chief of The Line, Founder of Pathway 2 Tomorrow, Chief in Residence with Chiefs for Change, Superintendent in Residence with the Broad Center and a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.