CNCC hires new vice president for college’s Craig campus |

CNCC hires new vice president for college’s Craig campus

Craig Press Staff
John Anderson, newly appointed vice president of Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus and student services is joined by Harvey, an 11-year-old black lab mix, who travels everywhere with him.
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Colorado Northwestern Community College has hired John Anderson as its new vice president of the Craig campus and student services.

“John has the dedication, desire, and abilities we were seeking. He will be a great leader on the Craig campus and for student affairs. We are lucky to have him as one of our vice presidents,” said CNCC President Ron Granger in a news release.

Anderson first began his new position in April and brings nearly decade of experience in leadership or administration to the job.

“With every position I have had from admissions advisor, national training director, director of admissions, to my current position as VP I continue to learn and grow,” Anderson said. “More importantly I get to see our students grow and succeed. I hope to continue this growth and keep helping change our student’s lives.”

Anderson grew up in a small Iowa town that he said is much like Craig where energy and agriculture are important economic drivers. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, he moved to Denver. He is currently studying for an MBA through the University of Colorado.

Anderson first began with CNCC in April 2018 as director of admissions and registrar. He initially lived in Craig before moving to Rangely.

“This side of the mountains and specifically Craig captured my attention, and I fell in love with the area,” Anderson said.

The Craig campus had been without a permanent vice president since the August departure of former Craig Vice President Janell Oberlander, who left to accept a vice president position at the college in her hometown of Gillette, Wyoming.

“It’s nice to have someone to handle the day-to-day operations on the Craig campus,” said Dean of Career Technical Education Kathy Powell-Case.

Anderson did not initially apply for the position, only adding his name to the list of candidates after two failed searches and at the urging of members of the CNCC leadership team.

“The community college plays a vital role in our community and students’ lives with an enormous amount of opportunity for growth. I can’t thank the current staff, faculty, and community members enough for the support and involvement with CNCC,” Anderson said.

Anderson has begun looking to buy a home in Craig with plans to set down roots.

“I’m looking forward to strengthening those relationships and continuing to grow and serve new students,” he said.

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