DENVER – Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven, currently serving as interim president of Community College of Aurora, has been appointed permanent president of the Community College of Aurora (CCA) by Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).
“Dr. Oudenhoven will assume the duties of permanent president immediately. Her work in and knowledge of the college and the community make me confident she will provide solid leadership for the college as we move forward. In both in her positions as vice-president of student affairs at CCA and as the college interim president, she has demonstrated she has the skills and commitment to take on this role,” said McCallin. “Please join me in congratulating Dr. Oudenhoven and wishing her well in her new position.”
“I am honored to be appointed the next president of the Community College of Aurora. I want to thank all of the individuals who have stepped up and worked hard during this transition to make sure that we have continued to serve our students to the best of our ability,” said Oudenhoven. “The opportunity to serve as the interim president of CCA over these past five months has affirmed my faith in this institution and my pride in our wonderful faculty and staff, our inspiring students, and our generous and committed Foundation board members and community partners. CCA has a bright future and I am incredibly lucky to be a part of it.”
Prior to coming to CCA, she was the vice president of student development at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois, the nation’s first public community college. She has over 30 years of experience in higher education and has worked at four-year public state universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and New York, a four-year private university in Illinois, and four different community colleges. In her position prior to becoming a vice president, Oudenhoven was the dean of counseling at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois.
Oudenhoven received her Ph.D. in higher education from Loyola University Chicago, her master’s degree in counseling from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and her bachelor’s in psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.
The Colorado Community College System comprises the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 159,000 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.