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Robert “Rip” Engler is the new director of the Front Range Community College-Brighton Center.

Robert 'Rip' Engler

Robert ‘Rip’ Engler

Engler joins the Brighton Center from Hinds Community College, the largest community college in Mississippi, where he was an assistant campus dean.

During nine years at Hinds, Engler also worked as an administrator in both career/technical and academic higher education, admissions, advising and counseling, and testing. He has been faculty advisor for the student government organization and has taught as an adjunct instructor of sociology. He also has worked on the national level for SkillsUSA as a judge.

Engler has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, graduate work in sociology at Humboldt State University and a master’s degree in educational and counseling psychology from the University of Mississippi, as well as being trained and experienced in community mediation.

Engler succeeds Dori Benavides, the longtime Brighton Center director who died in September 2017.


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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.

About the Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving 137,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. The System Office provides leadership, advocacy and support to the colleges under the direction of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE).

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