The Coconino Community College District Board of Directors voted Wednesday to appoint Dr. Nathaniel White to be named next chairman.
"It has been a pleasure to work under the calm, steady guidance of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Patty Garcia, and my dedicated board members over the past few years," said White. "It is an honor and I look forward to being part of the Board of Directors and the CCC family as we move forward optimistically in 2021."
White, who was unanimously elected chairman during Wednesday's meeting, takes over from board member Patricia Garcia, who has chaired it for six years. White, who has served on the Board of Directors since November 1998, represents District 1 of Coconino County, which covers part of Flagstaff and extends to Tusayan, Supai and the western edge of the county.
The board also unanimously voted to appoint director Joseph Smith as vice chairman.
"I am delighted to serve as vice chairman of the CCC District Governing Board and to work with Chairman White," said Smith. "His long history in the public service, including his long tenure on the district board of directors, will be of great benefit to the board of directors and the entire college."
Smith, who lives in Page, added that he would like to thank former Chair Garcia for setting an example in her role.
"Your graceful and passionate leadership was instrumental in bringing CCC to where we are today, including the unprecedented times we saw last year with the pandemic," said Smith.
Smith represents District 5 for Coconino County, which includes Tuba City, Page, Fredonia, and much of the northern part of the county. Smith began serving as a board member in August 2019.
White and Smith will begin their leadership roles on Monday January 25th during an annual Board Budget Retreat and will serve in these roles through January 2022.
About the Coconino Community College
CCC has been serving residents in an area of 18,000 square kilometers in Coconino County since 1991. The college aims to improve the lives of our residents through human resource development and higher education.
CCC offers affordable tuition and certificate programs as well as two-year associate degrees in academic and professional fields. CCC also offers programs that facilitate student transition to any of the three state universities, including the award-winning CCC2NAU.
CCC reaches the more rural parts of the county and tribal lands. Educational sites offer courses through online, face-to-face, and zoom video conferencing classes to meet the needs of students in rural and remote areas. Almost 20 percent of CCC students are Native American learners.