FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino Community College's President has established a Citizens' Review Panel designed to complete an in-depth analysis of the College's finances and budget.
The panel, which includes community members from Coconino County, will serve as an advisory group to CCC President Dr. Leah L. Bornstein and will study the College's budget and finances in order to make recommendations to the CCC District Governing Board.
Members of the Panel include:
Chris Bavasi, Former CCC Foundation President.
Richard Bowen, Director of Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona (ECoNA).
Coral Evans, Flagstaff City Council member.
Brynn Johns, O&M Manager of Cost Services at Salt River Project-Navajo Generation Station, Page/Lake Powell.
Mandy Metzger, Coconino County Board of Supervisor for District 4.
Molly Munger, former Community Relations Director for Northern Arizona University.
Bill Pribil, Coconino County Sheriff.
Eva Putzova, Director of Institutional Research/Policy Analyst for NAU.
Leroy Shingoitewa, Hopi Tribe Chairman.
Russ Yelton, President/Chief Executive Officer of Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (NACET).
Every year, the CCC District Governing Board struggles to balance the sustainability of the institution with affordability and access for students, which is the College's mission. As state funding continues to decrease - highlighting the extremely low property tax support for CCC - the cost of providing programs and services to the Coconino County community continues to increase.
"At the end of this analysis, the panel should be able to provide the District Governing Board some recommended actions in resolving the projected budget shortfalls of the near future in order to sustain the institution. Sustainability is the College's primary and most significant challenge," said Dr. Bornstein.
The panel will meet through the beginning of May and host a community wide Open House from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 1 at the Flagstaff Lone Tree campus, 2800 S. Lone Tree Road and in Page from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 2 at the Page campus, 475 S. Lake Powell Blvd. A similar Open House is being scheduled for CCC's Williams location, as well.