Bruce Walthers has been appointed vice president of the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College, effective Jan. 3, 2012.
Walthers has been vice president for student services and enrollment management at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood since 2000. A Colorado State University alumnus, he has nearly 30 years experience in higher education administration.
In providing overall leadership for the FRCC campus in Fort Collins, Walthers will ensure that the campus maintains strong academic and technical programs and student services that lead to student success. He will also oversee the development of new programs that respond to workforce demands, and develop and maintain strong relationships with school districts, CSU, community organizations, and business and industry.
“I look forward to sharing my passion for education with the students, faculty, and staff on campus and the communities and partners the campus serves,” Walthers said.
“Bruce is positive, collaborative, passionate about community colleges and our students, eager to listen and learn, and very effective creating productive relationships in the community,” said President Andrew Dorsey. “Bruce and I have talked about the key challenges facing the campus after our recent upsurge in enrollment, as well as the tremendous opportunities here. I believe he has the right ideas on how to approach both.”
At Red Rocks, Walthers was responsible for the construction of an integrated One-Stop Enrollment Center and was the chair of the Community Colleges of Colorado System Technology Committee. Earlier in his career, he was vice president for student services at the Colorado Institute of Art and an assistant dean of students at Coe College in Iowa and Carleton College in Minnesota.
His community activities include service as chairman of the board of the West Chamber Serving Jefferson County, chairman of the Jefferson County Business Lobby, board member of the Jefferson Economic Council, board member of the Evergreen Area Council on the Arts, and a volunteer at Camp Comfort, a children’s bereavement camp affiliated with Mount Evans Hospice.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from CSU and a Master of Arts in college student personnel administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Walthers succeeds Jim Butzek, who retired over the summer after 12 years as campus vice president.
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FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 community colleges in Colorado and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.