Dr. Diana Doyle Named Arapahoe Community College President

Dr. Diana Doyle, Executive Vice President of Learning and Student Affairs at Community College of Denver, has been appointed president of Arapahoe Community College by Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System. Doyle was one of three finalists forwarded to McCallin by an independently formed presidential search committee consisting of students, faculty, administrative staff and community members.

“Dr. Doyle is a creative and innovative leader who brings 32 years of higher education Dr. Diana Doyleexperience, elevating the many functional areas for which she has been responsible. She has a proven, student-centered track record that reflects a commitment to creating a supportive climate for faculty and staff, while also creating external partnerships to strengthen the communities she serves,” said McCallin. “Dr. Doyle has also served as an Interim President in the past. I know she will be an asset to ACC’s faculty and staff as they continue the excellence for which they are known.”

After an extensive community-based search and interview process was initiated in August, Doyle emerged from a field of over 50 candidates. 

“I would like to thank Dr. Linda Bowman for serving as ACC’s interim president since July 2009,” said McCallin. “Linda has helped ACC sustain its excellence while serving record numbers of students with ever-stretched resources.”

“Arapahoe Community College enjoys a rich tradition as a dynamic and forward-thinking organization that is well-respected within and outside of higher education,” remarked Doyle. “I am honored to be invited to build upon ACC’s proud past in order to sustain its promising future, while advancing the institution’s role as a beacon of opportunity for people from Greenwood Village to Castle Rock and from Centennial to Ken Caryl Ranch.”

Prior to leading the academic and student affairs of Community College of Denver, Doyle had a 13-year tenure at Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) in Scottsbluff, Nebraska (with 11 years as their Vice President of Educational and Student Services). On two separate occasions she was asked to step in and serve as Interim President of WNCC. Before that, she was at the Colorado School of Mines as the Director of Student Development. At Community College of Denver, Doyle led Learning/Instruction, Student Services, Online Learning, Pre-Collegiate Programs, Grants, Business and Industry Training, and the Confucius Institute.  

In addition to having responsibility for the largest functional areas of WNCC, she also led that institution’s first major gifts campaign, in which over $5 million was raised. From 2008 to 2009, she served as the nationally-elected president of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. This month, she will be honored nationally as a “Pillar of the Profession” at the annual NASPA conference. This award from the NASPA Foundation recognizes Doyle’s many years of accomplishments on behalf of college students and the profession of student affairs.

Doyle received her Ph.D. in Public Administration with a Higher Education emphasis from the University of Colorado Denver in 1994. In 1979, she earned a master’s degree in Counseling Education from Illinois State University. She has also completed the Executive Leadership Institute of the League for Innovation in Community Colleges. 

The Colorado Community College System comprises the state’s largest system of higher education in Colorado, serving more than 128,000 students annually. The Colorado Community College System oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.

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