George sole finalist for college presidency

A Rifle resident is looking to further broaden his wide range of public service by becoming a college president.

Russell George has been selected the finalist being considered for the presidency of Colorado Northwestern Community College, according to a news release from the Colorado Community College System.

George, a graduate of Harvard Law School, currently is serving as executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation.

He served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1993–2000 and was the House speaker for two years. He served as executive director of the state Department of Natural Resources from 2004–07, and was director of the Colorado Division of Wildlife for four years.

Gov. Bill Ritter appointed George to his current position in January 2007. In December, George notified employees in an e-mail that despite his interest in staying on the job, he wasn’t being considered for reappointment by Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper.

Nancy McCallin, president of the community college system, and George will visit CNCC’s Rangely and Craig campuses for open forums in January.

George said in the news release, “I am interested in this position because I understand the importance of the educational and training opportunities that are needed in rural areas, and know the value CNCC brings to the large area it serves.”

The news release said George was instrumental in helping the college grow by sponsoring legislation in 1998 to bring it into the state system. It said George served on Ritter’s Higher Education Strategic Planning Committee, which looked at higher education structure and funding.

Current president John Boyd has resigned to become president of Mayland Community College in North Carolina. His last day is Friday, and Cliff Richardson, CNCC’s vice president for finance and administration, will serve as interim president.


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