CCA’s President Says Thank You to the College Advisory Council

The Community College of Aurora’s Advisory Council is changing as three members are leaving and two more are joining.

Aurora Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Hougen, Aurora Public Schools Superintendent Rico Munn, and Mariana Ledezma-Amoroso of the University of Colorado are transitioning from their positions as councilors. Hougen and Munn both served two terms while Hougen served one term.

Joining CCA’s Advisory Council are Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools District, Chris Smith and Aurora Chamber Finance Director and Executive Director of the Aurora Police Foundation, Naomi Colwell.

CCA President Dr. Mordecai Brownlee thanked the members for their service to students and the greater City of Aurora.

“The Community College of Aurora is grateful for the contributions and support from our outgoing Advisory Council members. Their wise counsel and advocacy was critical to our institution’s mission advancement” said CCA President Dr. Mordecai Brownlee.

With a college service area of 350 square miles, businesses, school districts, and other organizations from the cities of Aurora and Centennial comprise CCA’s Advisory Council. Essentially, the Council serves as a liaison between the college to employers, school boards, government agencies, and other key constituencies in Aurora and Centennial. Furthermore, CCA’s Advisory Council communicate the educational and industry needs of the residents within the College’s service area by providing feedback and input to Dr. Brownlee.

The council meets a minimum of four times a year as required by state law, with additional meetings called by Dr. Brownlee.

“The future of our institution is bright and growth is happening at the Community College of Aurora. Our College Advisory Council serve as key thought and strategy partners in the success of our efforts.” Dr. Brownlee said.

The remaining members of CCA’s Advisory Council includes:

  • University of Colorado’s Assistant Vice Chancellor of Initiatives and Community Engagement Neil Krauss;
  • Ryden & Associates Integrated Marketing Founding Partner Su Ryden;
  • Flightline Ventures Cofounder Mark Shaker;
  • Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly.

By working with leaders in education, business, and other key contributors to Aurora, CCA can continue its mission to serve our diverse community by providing high-quality instruction and support services to prepare students for transfer and employment.