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Calhoun Named New PVPI

Dr. Cheryl Calhoun, Arapahoe Community College's new Provost and Vice President of Instruction
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Dr. Cheryl Calhoun has been selected as the new Provost & Vice President of Instruction (PVPI) at Arapahoe Community College (ACC).

Dr. Calhoun, who had been serving as the Dean of Access & Inclusion at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, will officially begin at ACC on Tuesday, February 1.

Dr. Calhoun has over 25 years of experience in community college education with roles including Information Technology Faculty, Coordinator for Networking Technologies and Cybersecurity Programs, and Dean of Educational Centers. She is passionate about developing educational systems that help students prepare for the work of the future and achieve their educational goals while ensuring that all students are respected and have equitable access to the resources they need to be successful.

She has a long history of being active in her community, serving on numerous boards and supporting social services and the arts. Dr. Calhoun was a member of Leadership Gainesville, the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce Place Action Committee, Equality Florida Gainesville Gala Steering Committee, and the United Way Community Investment Council. Nationally, she serves on the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance Advisory Board and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Academic Advisory Committee. Dr. Calhoun was a co-owner of Wild Iris Books, a feminist bookstore, and has served as Manager of Information Systems, as well as Director of Health and Safety, with the American Red Cross.

Her educational background includes a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology, an MBA with a specialization in Information Science and Entrepreneurship, and a BAS in Food and Resource Economics with a minor in Computer Science. In addition, Dr. Calhoun holds numerous industry certifications in cybersecurity, computing, and project management.

Being the first woman in her family to earn a college degree - and the first in her family to earn a graduate degree - Dr. Calhoun learned to navigate unfamiliar educational resources. Her early experiences working in HIV/AIDS education set the stage for a lifelong commitment to social justice and utilizing education as a tool for achieving equity. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Dr. Calhoun has shared struggles of acceptance and belonging. These experiences have helped her to develop an understanding of the importance of embracing diversity and helping others to navigate the educational system to gain access to resources.