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CCCS to Announce Finalists this Fall


Aug. 1, 2023 (Denver, CO) – The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) has launched a nationwide search to select Red Rocks Community College (RRCC)’s next president following President Michele Haney’s retirement announcement this May.

The confidential process, led by Christina Cecil, CCCS Chief Human Resources Officer, is underway with the goal of announcing a new president in December. Prospective candidates are encouraged to apply by Friday, September 22 to receive full consideration, and community members may nominate leaders through this form.

“Dr. Haney has been a steadfast champion of students and an innovative leader for RRCC,” said CCCS Chancellor Joe Garcia. “We are looking for candidates who share her commitment to equity and inclusion; bring unique ideas to strengthen and broaden industry partnerships; and advance a bold vision for the college’s future.”

A search advisory committee, comprised of the following college and community representatives, will screen applicants and recommend finalists to the CCCS Chancellor for final selection this fall.

  • Dr. Armando Burciaga, Dean of Students, RRCC
  • Brandon English, Chemistry Faculty, RRCC
  • Bryan Bryant, Vice President of Administrative Services, RRCC
  • Greg Berry, LTC Operations, RRCC
  • TBD, Student, RRCC
  • Dr. John Trefny, RRCC Community Advisor
  • Brad Rupert, Member, State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education
  • Dr. Marielena DeSanctis, President, Community College of Denver
  • Fiona Lytle, Chief Communications Officer & Legislative Liaison, CCCS

CCCS encourages the RRCC community and stakeholders to give input on the challenges and opportunities facing RRCC—as well as preferred qualifications and characteristics of the next president—through this form. Community feedback will help develop a position profile that will guide the selection process.

For updates and more information on the search, visit this webpage:


About RRCC 

Since 1969, Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) has supported students in meeting ambitious career and education goals in an exciting, collaborative environment with multiple pathways to success. We deliver career enhancing courses, certificate programs, and degrees that invest in each student’s personal and professional development. Learn more at 

About CCCS 

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, delivering more than 1,000 programs to over 115,000 students annually through 13 colleges and 35 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. The System Office provides leadership, advocacy, and support to the colleges under the direction of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE). Join us in changing the way Colorado goes to college. Learn more at