Huftalin Named President of Salt Lake Community College

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Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin chosen by Utah Regents as new SLCC president to lead "large and diverse student population."

New Salt Lake Community College President Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin

New Salt Lake Community College President Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin

I will do my best to ensure that SLCC remains an inclusive, student-centered institution where individuals from diverse backgrounds can receive a high-quality, affordable education.

The Utah Board of Regents on Thursday selected Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin, PhD, as the eighth President of Salt Lake Community College.

“I am thrilled and honored to continue leading Salt Lake Community College,” said President Huftalin. “I will do my best to ensure that SLCC remains an inclusive, student-centered institution where individuals from diverse backgrounds can receive a high-quality, affordable education. I am eager to resume working with the trustees, faculty, administration, staff and students, and to continue our efforts to make SLCC a premiere comprehensive community college.”

A 21-member Presidential Search Committee narrowed the list down from an applicant pool of 55 to the three finalists announced last week after conducting an extensive nationwide search. Regents unanimously voted in favor of choosing Dr. Huftalin during a public meeting at SLCC’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus, where she was introduced Thursday as the school’s newest president.

Since January of this year Dr. Huftalin had served as the interim president of SLCC. She has served the SLCC students, faculty and staff for more than two decades. Prior to joining SLCC, Huftalin held positions at William Rainey Harper College, Northwestern University, the University of Utah and the Institute for Shipboard Education. Huftalin teaches in the Education, Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and YWCA Utah. Huftalin earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, a master’s degree from UCLA and a doctorate in Education, Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah.

“With a large and diverse student population spread over multiple locations, the needs of this institution are complex and require a strong leader to be President,” said Dan Campbell, Chair of the Board of Regents. “I believe President Huftalin is that strong leader, and she will continue to positively shape SLCC, and the Salt Lake region as a result, for many years to come.”

“I believe President Huftalin is the right president for Salt Lake Community College, and her significant experience and strong commitment to students will be a great benefit to SLCC and the Utah System of Higher Education,” added Dave Buhler, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community and is one of eight institutions within the Utah System of Higher Education. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

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