Rufus Glasper Archives

Q&A: Dr. Maria Harper-Marincik, first latina MCCD chancellor

Maricopa Community Colleges

During the last legislative session, the Maricopa Community College District was snubbed from state aid, and this year, its longtime Chancellor Rufus Glasper stepped down to pursue an opportunity as a CEO for an education nonprofit.   Sitting in for someone who’s leaving behind a 13-year legacy and facing upcoming financial troubles doesn’t seem to have Dr.… Read More →

Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor looks ahead at challenges

Maricopa Community Colleges

Maricopa Community Colleges’ newly appointed chancellor is set on leading the community college system forward in a sustainable way as the system faces financial challenges. State aide for the community college district was cut in this year’s budget, as Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick takes over the community college district as chancellor after Rufus Glasper’s retirement. The community… Read More →

MCCCD names 1st Latina chancellor in Arizona

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Maricopa Community Colleges’ Governing Board voted to appoint Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick as Chancellor of one of the largest community college systems in the nation. Harper-Marinick becomes the first female and first Latina ever appointed Chancellor to a higher education institution in Arizona. “A new era has come to Maricopa Community Colleges as we congratulate Dr.… Read More →

Bill Gates Visits Rio Salado College

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Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and other leaders from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation visited Rio Salado College on Thursday, Nov. 6 for a progress report on a student success program called RioAchieve, which is being developed by the college and supported by the foundation. Maricopa… Read More →

Maricopa Community Colleges strengthen STEM educaton

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As part of the State’s FY 2015 budget, the Maricopa Community Colleges received $1.4 million to bolster educational efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Workforce areas. This additional funding is the first State appropriation for Maricopa in areas of the STEM and Workforce since 2009. The criteria used to determine the allocation… Read More →

Glasper named to board of Higher Learning Commission

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The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) – a regional agency that accredits more than 1,000 degree granting higher education institutions – has appointed Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges, to its Board of Trustees. Among other things, the Board deliberates on and decides official actions for institutions placed on notice or probation and responds… Read More →

Arizona’s 25 Most Influential Minority Business Leaders

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What would you do it you opened the pages of this magazine and saw Jerry Colangelo listed as one of the 25 Most Influential Minority Business Leaders in Arizona? You’d do a double take, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities. Consider this: Among 439,633 Arizonans under age 5 in 2012, this is… Read More →

6 Maricopa Community Colleges among nation's best

Six Maricopa Community Colleges have been recognized by the Aspen Institute as being among the nation’s 150 top community colleges. Phoenix College and Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and South Mountain Community Colleges can compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds. The award, given… Read More →