Central Arizona College Names Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott as Next President

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

The Pinal County Community College District Board of Governors conducted a special Governing Board meeting on Tues., May 3, 2016 to discuss possible actions regarding Central Arizona College’s presidential search.

During an executive session, the Board reviewed the public survey input received from the presidential candidate public forums held throughout the County April 25-27. A vote was made to enter into contract negotiation with the final candidate for president. During a second executive session, the Board extended an employment offer and upon returning to the general meeting, named Jacquelyn Elliott, Ed.D. as the next Central Arizona College President/CEO.

Dr. Elliott has more than 27 years of experience working in higher education, specifically in senior level administrative and leadership positions at the community college level. She has served as president of North Arkansas College (Northark) since 2011.

Dr. Elliott is dedicated to developing strategic planning methods, strengthening community engagement, and enhancing student success.

While at Northark she was responsible for increasing the College’s reserves from $11 million to $16 million, increased Annual Foundation Contributions and led the College through four years of state funding challenges. Northark was named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2013.

Dr. Elliottt has served in various consulting roles. She is a current Board of Trustees Member for the Higher Learning Commission, co-chair of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s Master Plan Development Committee and member of the Governor’s Task Force for Redesign of Arkansas Higher Education Funding.

Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott will replace Dr. Doris Helmich, who is retiring June 30 after serving as the CAC president the past four years.



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