Steamboat Springs Dr. Kerry Hart, dean of Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, is the new president of Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan. The announcement was made early Wednesday.
Hart, who has been dean and CEO of the Alpine Campus since 2006, starts his new position Aug. 1. He recently was identified as a finalist for several positions, including posts at New Mexico State University at Carlsbad, Eastern New Mexico State University in Portales, and Morgan Community College.
"I am honored to have had the support from the (Fort Morgan) community for my candidacy," Hart said in a news release. "When I was interviewing for this position, I told members of the search committee that this community felt like home and now it will be. I am excited to start this new phase of my career."
Before coming to Steamboat Springs, Hart was dean of arts and humanities at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., and served as vice president of arts and enrichment studies and dean of the Mohave Valley Campus for Mohave Community College in Bullhead, Ariz. He received his doctor of music education and higher education administration, as well as his master's of music in conducting and music literature from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and his bachelor of arts in music education from Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, praised Hart and the talents he will bring to Morgan Community College.
"Dr. Hart will be an excellent fit for the college," McCallin said in the news release. "He has a strong background in working in rural colleges and communities and appreciates the important role of a community college to the economic vitality of the area. I also want to thank Susan Clough for doing an excellent job as the interim chief administrative officer while we were conducting the search."
The Colorado Community College System comprises the state's largest system of higher education serving more than 107,000 students annually, according to the news release. CCCS 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.