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Lopez appointed as interim TSJC president

Posted: Monday, Mar 23rd, 2009

Felix Lopez


ALAMOSA — The community college system on Monday named Felix Lopez as the Interim President of Trinidad State Junior College with campuses in Trinidad and Alamosa.

He will assume his new responsibilities on July 1, upon the retirement of current TSJC President Ruth Ann Woods.

Lopez has been serving as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of TSJC. Lopez will remain interim president for one year and will be evaluated for permanent presidency at that time.

“It will be an honor to work with the faculty, staff and administration in both Trinidad and the San Luis Valley who are committed to serve the students at the capacity of excellence we have established,” said Lopez. “I believe that all of us at TSJC stand side by side contributing ideas for the betterment of the college family and I will continue the tradition of creating outstanding partnerships that so clearly have contributed to and benefited the college so greatly.”

Lopez joined TSJC in 1994 as director of fiscal services and director of purchasing. In 2002, he was promoted to vice-president and chief financial officer. Prior to this, he was a franchise supervisor for Colomex for numerous years. He successfully completed training as a Colorado state trooper and served Trinidad in that capacity for a short time. He started his higher education experience with an associate of arts degree in accounting business administration from TSJC in 1983 and continued on to the University of Southern Colorado to earn his bachelor of arts in social sciences in 1999, and then went on to Colorado State University in Ft. Collins to obtain his master’s degree in human resources and education in 2002.

Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, in announcing Lopez’s appointment on Monday said she conducted extensive community outreach before reaching this decision. “I have had many conversations with interested parties in the Trinidad and Alamosa communities and made several trips to Trinidad in considering this appointment. I am excited to say that, from my discussions with the administrative staff, the faculty, the advisory council, the foundation board members, and the students, there was overwhelming support and enthusiasm for this appointment. Felix has been an integral part of the college and the community for many years and will take the college forward and build on its successes.”

Woods added, “Felix has a commitment to our students and their success that I admire and highly respect. We have worked together for seven years now. I cannot think of a better person to take the reins of the college and continue all the great work that we have accomplished these past years.”

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