Maricopa Community Colleges governing board advances chancellor selection process

 The Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board has determined to move forward with one candidate, Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, in its search process for the position of the district’s next chancellor, according to a press release. Dr. Harper-Marinick is currently serving as interim chancellor for the district.

“Dr. Harper-Marinick has more than 25 years of experience working with the Maricopa Community College District,” Alfredo Gutierrez, president of the governing board, said in the release. “While Ray Di Pasquale was an exceptional candidate, the consensus of the board is that Dr. Harper-Marinick has proven to be an extraordinary leader, having served as provost, executive vice chancellor and interim chancellor. As such, she will continue to the next phase of the selection process.”

The selection process continues with a series of internal interviews with executive leaders, the governing board, three forums (two of which the general public is invited and one specifically for students) and an engagement with members of the Maricopa Community Advisory Council.

Dates and times for the upcoming forums are posted on Throughout the chancellor selection process, the governing board continues to invite public comments at

The governing board will meet on May 4 to make its final determination with regards to selection of the new chancellor.

The search committee is co-chaired by ASU President Michael Crow and Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association President Salina Bednarek, and is comprised of civic, educational and business leaders from throughout the Greater Phoenix region and state. For a list of search committee members, visit:

Earlier this month, the search committee reported to the governing board that after an extensive search process, entailing consideration of six candidates (narrowed down from an original group of more than 20 candidates) for the chancellor position, three candidates had been identified as being the best qualified. One candidate withdrew their name from the process prior to being submitted to the board for its formal consideration. The governing board determined that it would move forward with one of the two finalists.

About Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa Community College system includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. Rio Salado is a partner in the Communiversity at Queen Creek campus.


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