CMC Trustees Decide on Interim President
The Board of Trustees of Colorado Mountain College announced on Friday, Feb. 1 that there was a unanimous vote to appoint Charles Dassance, Ph.D., as interim president of the college.Dr. Charles Dassance
Once all terms are agreed upon, Dassance will oversee the 12-location community college in north-central Colorado while the board seeks and appoints a president for the permanent position. Dassance was selected among three candidates following a final interview process Jan. 28.
The role of president became available in December upon the resignation of Stan Jensen, Ph.D. During the interim period, the college’s elected trustees will conduct a nationwide search for a long-term candidate. Details of how the search will be conducted are yet to be determined.
“Each candidate we considered was outstanding. We couldn’t go wrong choosing any one of them,” said board trustee Pat Chlouber of Leadville. “Dr. Dassance seems to understand and can fulfill the mission we have in mind for the next few months, and we’re confident he’ll work well with our communities and add strength to our staff.”
Various trustees spoke to Dassance’s capabilities in helping the college make a smooth transition in hiring a new president, giving praise to his past experience as a college president. Dassance was president of the College of Central Florida for 15 years, where he was named president emeritus upon his retirement in 2011. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.
In other CMC News . . . in addition to appointing an interim president, the board voted last week on two tuition issues.
- Unanimously, the board is in support of the Colorado ASSET bill, which is currently being considered by state legislators in Denver. If passed, the bill would allow undocumented students meeting certain criteria to pay in-state tuition at Colorado’s public colleges and universities.
- Trustees also voted earlier this week to freeze tuition levels for 2013-14, keeping them at current levels, in accordance with the recommendation of a staff committee.
“In the state of Colorado and nationally, there is an initiative to enhance student access to higher education, keeping tuition as affordable as possible,” said Linda English, chief financial officer, Colorado Mountain College. “By having no increase in tuition, we will remain the best value in Colorado.”
The college’s current tuition rates for lower-division courses are $56 per credit hour for in-district students, $95 for in-state students and $299 for out-of-state students. This year Colorado Mountain College’s full-time, in-district students paid tuition of less than $2,000 for courses toward associate degrees, and in-state students paid less than $3,000.
In the 2011-12 academic year, the most recent year for which comparable figures are available for other colleges and similar courses, this compares to averages of nearly $3,500 per year at other community colleges in the state, more than $7,000 for Colorado’s four-year public schools and more than $8,000 at public four-year colleges nationally.
Nordic Team Heads to Where the Snow Is!
Thanks to Contributor Karl Remsen, Panthers Nordic Coach
Due to a mild winter with little snow, the Lake County High and Middle School Nordic ski teams moved their home race from Leadville to Steamboat Springs. Given that Steamboat received nearly two feet of snow in the last week, the skiing in Steamboat far outclassed what Leadville had to offer.
The races took place on a bluebird day on the rolling terrain of the
Steamboat Springs Touring Center. The middle school teams looped
around a 3 kilometer course, while the high school skiers tackled
larger climbs up Fish Creek back to the Nordic center.
The Lake County skiers were ready to ski fast, especially since they
had not skied in tracks all season. The middle school girls were the
first to race and set the bar high for the day. Whitney White won the race by over 30 seconds, Caroline Benney was 8th, and Molly Lenhard was 11th. The three combined to place second as a team.
Joe Koch and Travis Kerrigan were the only middle school boys to race. Joe was 22nd and Travis was 26th. Given that there were only two skiers to score team points, the duo placed 4th.
As the high school skiers warmed up, the sun started to transform the snow and made waxing more challenging. Thankfully, assistant coach Jessie Coffin had the waxing under control and was able to adjust the skis so that they were all dialed in and ready to go. While other skiers lost their kick on portions of the course, the Panthers strode right up the long climbs.
Lara Lufkin, still coming back from an illness, showed that she is
coming into form by placing 12th. Kimberly Vierczhalek had an
excellent race to place 16th, not too far behind Lara. Hannah Lufkin
dipped under the state qualifying line by 3 seconds with her 27th
place finish, so she, along with Kimberly and Lara, will represent
Lake County at the state meet in a few weeks. The trio placed 6th as a team.
Jayde Daigle continues her campaign to be one of the top 5 skimeisters in the state (skimeisters are the skiers who compete in both alpine and Nordic events) with her 40th place finish.
Ryan Morrison led the boys with excellent striding on the long hills
of the course to place 13th. Andrew Coffin and Charlie Koch finished one second apart in 18th and 19th, good enough for a 6th place finish as a team. Also in the race, Trevor Kerrigan was 52nd and Vlad Bezsmertny was 56th.
Head coach Karl Remsen noted, “The skiers attacked the course and l was very proud of how every single one of them skied today. It is more impressive considering we have had 2 days of skiing in real tracks so far this year. I’m really excited to see how the team does over the next few weeks.”
The teams will travel to Aspen for the Aspen Nordic Festival on
Saturday, which includes another individual start classic race.