Two Esteemed Members of the CCA Advisory Council Conclude Their Terms

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AURORA, Colo. – The Community College of Aurora bids farewell to two esteemed members of the President’s Advisory Council, Su Ryden and Neil Krauss, as they conclude their terms at the end of February.

“The Community College of Aurora is grateful for the commitment, leadership, and advocacy of our CCA Advisory Council. Su and Neil have been tremendous champions of our institution, and we are grateful for their contributions,” expressed Dr. Mordecai Brownlee, President of the Community College of Aurora.

Su Ryden, a former Colorado State representative, has been an integral member of the College Advisory Council, bringing with her a wealth of experience and dedication. She has been instrumental in providing thoughtful insights and guidance to the college. Ryden’s deep roots and broad involvement in the local community, paired with her extensive legislative experience, have been vital assets to CCA and its initiatives. 

Ryden said of her time on the council, “Serving on the advisory council was so rewarding watching the college grow and change. It’s been a true honor serving CCA, and I hope to continue contributing in any way that I can.”

Neil Krauss, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Initiatives and Community Engagement with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, served two terms on the council. Krauss’s strong connections within higher education, particularly in healthcare programs, facilitated meaningful collaborations between the college and the University of Colorado. His unwavering support, insightful advice, and willingness to assist in various capacities have greatly benefited the college community.

Krauss expressed gratitude for his time on the council saying, “On behalf of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, it was an honor to serve on the Community College of Aurora’s President Advisory Council both for former President Betsy Oudenhoven and current President Mordecai Brownlee.  The impact CCA makes on our community is immense, and the drive, fortitude and vision leading CCA’s path are benefiting both the students and economics of Aurora. I have enjoyed working beside leaders who put the community first and care deeply about improving the lives of today’s and future generations.  Thank you for this opportunity.”

President Brownlee extended gratitude to Su and Neil for their outstanding service and dedication to the Community College of Aurora. Their contributions have played a significant role in advancing the college’s mission and fostering a culture of excellence.

Members of the Advisory Council collaborate closely with Dr. Brownlee and the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education to address the long-term educational needs of the community served by CCA.They also serve as liaisons between the college and local employers, facilitating assessments of employment, training, and educational needs in the area. Additionally, the council plays a vital role in promoting CCA’s programs and services within the local community.

About the Community College of Aurora:

The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides high-quality instruction and student support services to Aurora and Denver, Colorado. With a vision to aspire to be a college where every student succeeds, CCA is the most diverse college in the State of Colorado. Focused on creating social and economic mobility for its students, the college offers courses on two (2) campuses, online, and through its high school concurrent-enrollment programs. For more information, visit



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