PPCC head calls it quits



Tony Kinkel, president of Pikes Peak Community College, has resigned, saying he wants to explore other challenges.

Kinkel was not available for comment this afternoon.

Kinkel says adios.
  • Kinkel says adios.

Here's the press release:

Denver — Today, Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), announced that Dr. Tony Kinkel, president of Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), resigned.

“I have received Dr. Kinkel’s resignation from the presidency of Pikes Peak Community College and I thank him for his work." said McCallin. “Tony has many accomplishments to his credit and has served the college well. We all wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

In an e-mail to the college today, Dr Kinkel stated, “You’ve been the finest group of people I’ve ever worked with. Over the past few months, I have been reflecting upon all of our accomplishments together. I am satisfied that we accomplished what we set out to do. We have achieved the outcomes and vision we sought for this great college. And I believe it is time that I look for new challenges. Therefore, I am resigning my position in order to take on new opportunities for my future.”

In the short term, Cliff Richardson, vice-president of Finance and Administration for CCCS, will serve as interim president of PPCC. Dr. McCallin plans to meet with college personnel and community members over the coming month to determine the next steps in going forward with the new leadership for the college.

Kinkel states on the PPCC website that, "We are very proud that a 2008 survey (by Survey Monkey) showed that 95.5 percent of our students are 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with their experience and education at Pikes Peak Community College.

Here's bio information that was current as of 2007:

Dr. Anthony G. (Tony) Kinkel was named President of Pikes Peak Community College on February 15, 2007. Prior to his arrival in Colorado, Dr. Kinkel served as Chancellor of
the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) in Batesville,
He has also served as Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) and as a legislator for 15 years in the Minnesota State Legislature spending his entire career on the
Education Committee and serving as both a State Representative and a State Senator. He
also represented Minnesota on the Education Commission of the States.

Dr. Kinkel’s educational background includes serving as Dean of General Education at Northwest Technical College in Minnesota, serving as an Executive Director of a North Carolina education board, and teaching political science at both community college and secondary levels.

Kinkel received his Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Social Studies from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Dr Kinkel did his Master’s work at Bemidji State University and was awarded an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota, where he was a member of the Leadership Academy program. Kinkel’s dissertation topic was on indicators of effectiveness of higher education governing boards.

Kinkel and his wife, Carrie Ann, have two children, Jennifer, age 15, and Kellen, age 5.

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