President Colleen Smith


Creating Diversity, Valuing People


Coconino Community College recognizes and respects diversity and the value it brings to our communities. We appreciate and welcome cultures, identities, beliefs, experiences and all that makes us unique. CCC champions and takes action to build an inclusive work and learning environment. We are allies and advocates, navigating a respectful dialogue about our shared humanity.




Students First: Vision 2025

Team Excellence

Strategic Goal 1

CCC will help each student achieve success through a supported and individualized educational experience.
Team Sustainability

Strategic Goal 2

CCC will practice sustainability through responsible stewardship of economic, public, and environmental resources to accomplish its educational mission.
Team Opportunity

Strategic Goal 3

CCC will promote a learning culture that is innovative, flexible, entrepreneurial, and responsive to the needs of our students and the communities we serve.
Team Community

Strategic Goal 4

CCC will strengthen community engagement in support of student success through advocacy, strategic partnerships, and new fundraising initiatives.



Meet Dr. Colleen Smith, PhD

President Colleen Smith

“The story of our college is the story of our students.”


That's the motto of Coconino Community College President Colleen A. Smith, PhD.


With more than 40 years of experience at community colleges in Texas, Wyoming and Arizona, Dr. Smith stays focused on keeping Students First.


She started her career as a faculty member in the Fine Arts. She was eventually encouraged to head into the administrative ranks because of her passion for community colleges and her desire to offer students a quality and affordable education in order to help them achieve their educational goals.


In addition to her multiple duties with CCC, Dr. Smith is deeply involved in the community with a number of professional organizations. As a champion of partnerships to offer students better educational opportunities, Dr. Smith covers Coconino County introducing herself to business, nonprofit and governmental leaders.


Contact the President's Office

April Sandoval

Executive Assistant to the President


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Cheyenne Grabiec

Community Outreach Coordinator


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President's Smith Full Biography

Colleen A. Smith, PhD


Dr. Colleen Smith currently serves as President for Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona. She has a passion for the mission of the community college that she developed during her years as a full-time faculty member at Western Wyoming Community College. Throughout her career, Dr. Smith’s focus on the students and her collaborative leadership style have served as the driving force behind innovation and success initiatives that effectively implement policy, changes to processes, and launching new programs. She served colleges in Texas and Wyoming in administrative positions including Dean, Vice President for Instruction, Senior Vice President, and President before coming to CCC in Arizona.


Dr. Smith earned her PhD from Texas Woman’s University and both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&M Commerce (previously known as East Texas State University). While in Wyoming she served as a member of the Consultant-evaluator Corps for the Higher Learning Commission and while in Texas she chaired accreditation committees for the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges. She has served as the Community College Chair of the state-wide Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and chair of the North Texas Community College Consortium. She has always served her home community, county, and state with a variety of organizations such as: Sweetwater (Wyoming) Workforce Investment Council, Southwest Wyoming Rehabilitation Center, Wyoming Commission for National and Community Service, Cisco Civic League, Sweetwater Humane Society, McKinney Community Development Executive Board, United Way Campaign Co-chair and Goodwill Board of Directors, etc.


She currently serves on the Boards of the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona, the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, LAUNCH Flagstaff, and the Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance. She is also a member of the Arizona Community College Coordinating Council and previously served as Chair. She serves on the national Presidential Advisory Boards for Phi Theta Kappa and the Steve Fund.


A few of her honors and awards include Kitty Winter Magee Distinguished Scholar Award, Woman of the Year Award, Distinguished Alumni Award, President’s Award for outstanding service as a Board Member of the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association, the Extra Mile Award, and the 2020 Athena Award.


In her spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, and enjoying the outdoors.

Executive Leadership Council

The Executive Leadership Council works collaboratively to make decisions with the goal of strengthening the College through an understanding of various perspectives across the College.  The ELC utilizes data and input from Councils including   Staff Council , Committees, and the Faculty Senate in making decisions as part of Shared Governance.  The ELC serves in an advisory role to the President as well.  To learn more about Executive Leadership Council please visit the  Executive Leadership Council page .