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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. Eric Heiser, President

President Eric Heiser


Dr. Heiser most recently served as the inaugural Provost of Central Ohio Technical College. He served as the Chief Academic, Student Support, and Workforce officer for COTC. He has worked in higher education for nearly two decades, starting as a full-time faculty member and progressing to senior leadership. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University.


As a full-time assistant professor at Central Wyoming College for six years, Dr. Heiser taught in the areas of business, management, and criminal justice. He also spent time as a director and workforce training coordinator during his time at CWC. He spent six years at Salt Lake Community College as an Associate Dean and Dean and built one of the nation’s largest Competency-Based Education programs, from which the college was recognized nationally by multiple outlets. He has delivered more than three dozen conference presentations and key notes and has published several articles on the topic of CBE and academic innovation. Dr. Heiser was appointed as a content expert to the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse to advise the department on best practices in career and technical education and guided pathways.


Dr. Heiser serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Competency-Based Education Network, an international network of institutions and organizations dedicated to improving graduation rates and eliminating equity gaps through quality CBE programs. In addition to his work in CBE, Dr. Heiser serves as President of the Board for the National Council of Instructional Administrators, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. In 2020, he was appointed for a three-year term on AACC’s Commission on Workforce and Economic Development. Dr. Heiser and his wife, Amy, have two daughters, Sophie and Emma.




Contact the President's Office

Kirsten Mead

Assistant to the President


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Brett Kitch
Brett Kitch

Administrative Specialist Sr.


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President's Cabinet

The President's Cabinet works collaboratively to make decisions to strengthen the College through an understanding of various perspectives across the College.  The President's Cabinet utilizes data and input from Councils, including   Staff Council, Committees, and the Faculty Senate, in making decisions as part of Shared Governance.  The President's Cabinet also serves in an advisory role to the President.