Committee completes search for new CNCC president

The new president for Colorado Northwestern Community Colleges was officially introduced last week. Peter Angstadt will assume the duties for the CNCC system on July 1.

"I am pleased to announce that Peter Angstadt has been named as the next president of Colorado Northwestern Community College," said Joe D. May, president of Community Colleges of Colorado, in statement released last week. "I truly appreciate the work of the search committee, chaired by Peg Rector. I am also very grateful for everyone who participated in some aspect of the selection process including those that met with me to establish the selection criteria, the search advisory committee, and everyone who participated in one of the open forums."

The CNCC system had been searching for a new president since January.

No major changes will be seen from the appointment, CNCC Vice President Dean Hollenbeck said.

"When he visited here, he was very excited about all that's going on here," he said. "He was very supportive of all our programs."

The next significant steps for CNCC-Craig will be the addition of a medical nurse training program and the expansion of the mine technologies program. The nurse program could possibly be ready to start in the spring 2003 semester, Hollenbeck said.

CNCC-Craig Recognition Night

The Holiday Inn of Craig hosted family, friends and CNCC faculty and staff on May 10 to recognize the graduates, students and standouts of the 2001 fall semester and 2002 spring semester.

Welcoming remarks to the fourth annual recognition night were provided by Craig campus Vice President Dean Hollenbeck and Gene Bilodeau, Craig campus associate dean of learner instructional and support services.

The featured speaker was Harold Deselms, the CNCC interim president, and his speech encouraged students to pursue careers that provide personal fulfillment and enjoyment. He emphasized the benefits of looking forward to going to work, opposed to hating to go to work and named a number of community college graduates and students who now serve as politicians, community and business leaders, CNCC-Craig Community Education and Public Information Coordinator Mary Morris said.

"The Holiday Inn was packed it was standing room only," Morris said. "It was a wonderful ceremony, and because so many people attended it really had more of a feel of what we'd like to have every year for our campus. It was really nice to see such a great turnout."

The program also recognized the students who had completed GED requirements. More than 40 people earned their GED for the 2001/2002 school year.

Morris said that because the CNCC-Craig student body is growing, a "full blown graduation ceremony" could be organized for local students and performed in Craig as soon as next spring.

"Our numbers are growing, so (a graduation ceremony) is a reality," she said.

"We want to have a graduation along with the Student Recognition night. It's difficult for students to bring families from out of state to the student recognition event and then have to drive the four hours to Rangely for a graduation."

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