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PPCC Hires New Faculty and Staff, Including First Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

COLORADO SPRINGS – Aug. 4, 2016 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) has hired its first executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion, along with a new director of facilities, dean of health and sciences and manager of student accounts.

New hires include:

Keith Barnes, executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion

In this new position at the college, Barnes will work directly for the president as a change-agent by providing leadership for diversity, equity and inclusion-based hiring, recruiting, programming, education and initiatives on campus that engage the college community as a whole.

Barnes joins PPCC from his most recent position as Coordinator for Access, Equity and Diversity at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois, where he authored the college’s Campus Diversity Strategic Plan, led several cultural awareness committees and established a diversity center. Prior to that, he was a counselor for the educational opportunity program at Northern Illinois University.

Barnes holds a bachelor’s degree and two masters’ degrees from Northern Illinois University in corporate communications, adult continuing education and instructional technology, respectively. He is a retired member of the United States Army Reserves.

Kristen Johnson, dean of health and sciences division

In her position as dean, Johnson will assist the vice president of instructional services by providing instructional leadership, supervising instructors and programs within the subject matter areas of the division and implementing policies all with a commitment to quality instruction.

Johnson has worked for PPCC since 2003 and taught biology for more than 10 years before taking on the role of associate dean of the health and sciences division. She attained an MS in biology and biology education from Purdue University, a BA in cellular and molecular biology, a BA in German studies from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon and an AA in liberal arts from Cottey College, Nevada, Missouri


Paul Ross, director of facilities

Ross will provide administration, planning, coordination and leadership of all activities related to the maintenance, improvement and planning of the college’s facilities and related equipment and resources.

He comes to PPCC with more than 20 years in facilities maintenance and operation experience and was most recently the director of physical resources for Western Wyoming Community College. He holds an MS in project management, a BS in technical management and an AAS in facilities maintenance technology and in HVAC and refrigeration from PPCC. He was also a member of the U.S. Air Force and National Guard for 17 years.


Christine Long, manager of student accounts

Long will manage operations of the college’s student accounts and cashier unit and will be responsible for accounts receivable and cashier functions related to student finance accounts, third-party billing, collections and customer service.

She held several positions in office management, financial management and bookkeeping before working at Utah State University in accounting and admissions. Long has a master’s in business administration from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City and a BS in business from Utah State University.


Pikes Peak Community College is in its 48th year of operation and has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975. It is a two-year college offering 158 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 20,000 students annually.