Marielena DeSanctis was selected as the next president of Community College of Denver after a nationwide search, the Colorado Community College System announced Thursday.
DeSanctis, the provost and senior vice-president of academic affairs and student services at Hispanic-serving institution Broward College in Florida, will begin her presidential term at CCD in January.
DeSanctic is succeeding Everette Freeman, who is retiring at the end of December after serving the college for seven years.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. DeSanctis and are confident that she will provide the right energy, expertise and collaborative leadership for CCD,” said Joe Garcia, chancellor of the state community college system, in a news release. “With six years of experience as an engineer for a top manufacturing company and over 22 years as a leader in education, Dr. DeSanctis exemplifies deep understanding of issues facing students and higher education, a bold vision for the future and the executive experience to manage the intersection of sustaining financial health and innovation.”
At Broward College, DeSanctis distinguished herself by improving outcomes between low-income students who received federal Pell grants and those who did not; helping to close achievement gaps among Black and white students; and implementing a new college readiness and enrollment program in partnership with the local school district to support underrepresented students, the news release said.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected by the chancellor to take on this important role for both the college and the surrounding community,” DeSanctis said in the news release.
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