CCC president appointed to educational leadership boards
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino Community College President Leah L. Bornstein has been appointed to two prestigious boards, the Commission on Women in Higher Education and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
"Eighteen months ago the board elected Leah Bornstein as the new CCC president because she is dynamic, progressive and energetic. Already she has made us really proud and put CCC on the map with her appointment to these national and regional organizations," said CCC District Governing Board Chair Patrick Hurley.
The Commission on Women in Higher Education provides guidance to the American Council on Education on policies affecting women in higher education. It also advises on matters concerning equal opportunity and expanded roles for women in academic leadership.
"Dr. Bornstein impresses me as representing the best qualities for women college and university presidents: her perceptions are fresh and keen, her responses are thoughtful and incisive, and her energy is invigorating and inspiring," said ACE Office of Women in Higher Education Director Donna Burns Phillips. "I believe she has a long and successful career in higher education ahead of her, and she will bring to the commission her commitment to the advancement of women and to ACE her very valuable insights."
Meantime, Bornstein will be replacing Northern Arizona University President John Haeger for a four-year term on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
WICHE and its 15 member states work to improve access to higher education and ensure student success. Through its exchange programs, regional initiatives, and research and policy work, the group assists students, policymakers, educators, and institutional, business and community leaders throughout the West and beyond.
"Dr. Bornstein is the ideal candidate for appointment to WICHE, one of the most important groups for discussion of today's higher education issues," said Dr. Haeger.
Bornstein's duties to WICHE begin in May; her appointment to the Commission on Women in Higher Education starts July 1.
"These appointments provide a platform to impact higher education policy nationally and an opportunity to bring broader awareness regarding issues of women, rural institutions and higher education in general to the national agenda," said Dr. Bornstein. "What a privilege it will be to represent community colleges and the state of Arizona."