Dr. Jean Runyon is the new vice president of the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College.
She joins FRCC from Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, where she was associate vice president for learning advancement and the Virtual Campus and interim dean of the college’s School of Business and Law.
She succeeds Bruce Walthers, who retired after three and a half years at the Larimer Campus and more than 30 years as a higher education administrator.
Runyon will lead the FRCC campus in Fort Collins as it finishes a major facilities construction and renovation project. She will oversee final touches on the newly renovated arts and design building that will open this fall and the renovation and expansion of an enhanced student services center.
While providing overall campus leadership and vision, Runyon also will focus on key campus initiatives, including expanding concurrent enrollment with Poudre and Thompson district high schools, enhancing several partnerships with Colorado State University, and expanding partnerships with area businesses and non-profit organizations.
“Throughout her career, Jean has been called on again and again to tackle the most important strategic issues at the colleges in which she has worked,” said FRCC President Andy Dorsey. “She has led projects on assessment of student learning, student success initiatives, online learning, and the development of a support center for veterans. She has a broad spectrum of experiences and skills that will serve the Larimer Campus and northern Colorado very well.”
Runyon has a Ph.D. in education technology management from Northcentral University; a graduate certificate in online instructional design from Capella University; a master of arts in supervision and human relations from George Washington University, and a bachelor of science in education from Bloomsburg University.
“I share FRCC’s commitment to excellence, to the success of all learners, and to strengthening the social, economic, and cultural fabric of the diverse communities the college serves,” Runyon said.
She is a recipient of the Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award and the Maryland Distance Learning Association’s Administrator of the Year award. Other honors include the Association of Community College Trustees Northeast Region faculty recognition award.
About Front Range Community College
FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.