VALLEY — Dr. Carmen Simone, currently provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, has been appointed president of Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) by Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).
Dr. Simone will assume the presidency on June 3. Dr. Charles Bohlen, former president of Laramie County Community College, has been serving as the interim president while the search was conducted.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Simone has accepted the presidency of Trinidad State Junior College,” McCallin said. “Her background in community college leadership, the comments from the college and community, and my time with her make me confident that she will be a strong, effective leader for the college. We are all looking forward to working with her and welcome her to the system and to the college.”
“I also want to thank Dr. Bohlen for his leadership during the past year,” said McCallin. “His familiarity with community colleges made him invaluable in his role as interim president at TSJC. His accomplishments in the past year have moved the college forward on many fronts!”
“I am honored and excited to have been chosen as the next president of Trinidad State Junior College. As the oldest two-year institution in the state of Colorado, TSJC has a long history of serving students and I look forward to continuing that tradition,” said Simone. “I am deeply indebted to Dr. Chuck Bohlen for the leadership he has provided during this time of transition for TSJC and I am humbled by the confidence placed in me by Dr. McCallin, the faculty and staff of the Trinidad and Valley campuses of TSJC, and the communities we serve.”
Dr. Simone’s name was forwarded to Dr. McCallin after numerous community forums, interviews, tours, and receptions in Trinidad and Alamosa on February 21 and 22.
In her time as provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs at Lewis-Clark State College, the college adopted a centralized advising model focused on student success, particularly for freshmen. Prior to this position, she was vice president of Academic Affairs at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. Under her leadership at Casper, the college successfully achieved a ten-year reaccreditation through the Higher Learning Commission. She managed an instructional budget of nearly $30 million and participated in the planning and construction of three major building projects on campus. Before being appointed vice president of the college, she served for 11 years as a chemistry faculty member and was elected chair of the Faculty Senate. She also served as the Physical Science Division Chair. She held the position of president for the National Council for Instructional Administrators, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges, while at Casper College.
Dr. Simone earned a bachelor’s of science in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Colorado Community College System comprises the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 163,000 students annually. It oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.