There has been one goal, above all others, that John Boyd has set his sights on during his tenure holding the reins of Colorado Northwestern Community College as its president.
Expansion of any community college, especially CNCC, is important not just to the success of the institution, but also the community that supports it, Boyd said.
“You are either growing, or you are not,” he said. “If you are not growing, then you’re going to have problems. I believe the only way you get yourself out of a bad economy is through growth.”
However, Boyd’s goal of working to expand the college he has directed for almost five years will soon be left in the hands of a different CNCC president.
Boyd confirmed Monday he would soon leave CNCC to become the president of an East Coast community college.
The president announced Nov. 19 in an e-mail to faculty and staff he would leave the college for a similar position with Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, N.C.
Boyd, a Rangely resident, said he plans to begin working Jan. 10 at Mayland.
However, the decision to leave CNCC wasn’t an easy one, Boyd said. He ultimately decided to take the position to be closer to family in South Carolina, he said.
A Wisconsin native, Boyd joined CNCC after serving as a college president in South Carolina. He has more than 12 years of experience in education, he said.
“CNCC has been a great place to be,” he said. “This is a wonderful community here and I’ve got a lot of great friendships, and it is always a hard decision. But, it is time we get back closer to family.”
Gene Bilodeau, CNCC vice president of administration, said he appreciates everything Boyd has done during his tenure at the college.
“I think since John has been here he has done a lot for CNCC as a whole,” Bilodeau said. “He has been the first president that’s really taken a keen interest in allowing the Craig campus to grow. That’s huge. That’s a big deal to the college.”
Bilodeau said he was not aware of any current advertising effort to fill the position once Boyd leaves. He was also unsure of further details about how the college would seek to replace Boyd.
Boyd said his advice to his successor, whoever it may be, is to maintain the growth of the college.
“I think sometimes when budgets get tough, people focus more on how to reduce budgets rather than how to grow budgets, and I think you always have to have that eye on the growth,” he said.
The president also said he would like CNCC to continue a high level of service to the community and its local partners.
“One of the things that a community college is, is the community’s college,” he said. “You always have to keep your eyes on the community and to what the needs of the community are and be part of that community.
“If you don’t do that and become isolated from the community, then you are not performing your function.”
When asked if he felt he had accomplished that notion of community service, Boyd said he “tried.”
“Most of all, I think that we’ve put together a good team here and it’s been an honor to work with such great people both in the community and at the college and with the local district boards,” he said. “I mean, they are just wonderful people to work with.”
Mayland’s main campus is located in the Blue Ridge section of the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina.
The college serves more than 2,300 students in Mitchell, Avery and Yancey counties. Mayland has a main campus and two satellite campuses, Boyd said.
“What we found is that the Mayland community is a lot like the community here,” he said. “It is just really nice — the people are great people to be around. It’s another rural environment, which I like.”
Boyd said he thinks great opportunities await at May-
land. But, instead of starting his new position with firmly set goals in mind, he said he would like to get the feel of the college first.
“You really have got to get somewhere and listen for a little bit,” he said.
When asked if he had accomplished everything he wanted to during his tenure at CNCC, Boyd was quick to respond.
“I don’t know if you ever accomplish everything you want to do and I don’t think that you ever finish,” he said. “If you ever get everything done that you want to do, then you are not doing enough.”