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Dr. Lance Bolton appointed as president of PPCC

May 25, 2011

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Dr. Lance Bolton appointed as president of Pikes Peak Community College

DENVER - May 25, 2011 - Lance Bolton, Ph.D., currently president of Northeastern Junior College (NJC), has been appointed president of Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado by Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).

Bolton will assume the presidency June 13, 2011.  The announcement of interim leadership for the college will be made in the future. 

“I am very pleased that Dr. Bolton has accepted the presidency of Pikes Peak Community College,” McCallin said.  “He is an outstanding president at NJC and will do an excellent job at Pikes Peak!  Under his leadership, NJC experienced growth in enrollment, the establishment of the Hope Scholarship program, increased fundraising, and the construction of a new dormitory which will allow the college to serve more students.”

“I also want to thank Dr. Ed Ray for his leadership during the search process,” said McCallin.  “Under his direction, Pikes Peak Community College prospered and I wish Dr. Ray all the best in his retirement after 37 years of service to Colorado Community Colleges.  Dr. Ray’s extensive knowledge and experience of our colleges will be greatly missed.”

“Leaving Northeastern Junior College and all the communities it touches is difficult.  I have made many wonderful friends at the college and in the community and will deeply miss everyone.  I am truly proud of what we have accomplished as a team during these past five years,” said Bolton. “However, I am looking forward to the new opportunities and challenges at Pikes Peak Community College and to getting to know my new colleagues there.”

Bolton was one of three finalists sent to Dr. McCallin after numerous community forums, interviews, tours, and receptions. 

Prior to serving as president of NJC, he was Global Director on Research and Development for DuPont Qualicon.  In this position, he was responsible for setting strategic vision for the company’s products, developing and managing alliances with other technology companies and with food company customers, and producing new products that improve food safety testing.

Bolton and his wife Lorrie have two children ages 11 and 13. 

Bolton received his B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Georgia in 1988, his M.S. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia in 1995, and his Ph.D. in that same subject from the University of Georgia in 1997.

The Colorado Community College System comprises the state's largest system of higher education serving more than 151,000 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 seven other post-secondary institutions. 

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