CNCC Presidential Search

CNCC Presidential Search

Chancellor Joe Garcia announces five finalists in the running for president of Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC).

The Presidential finalists will meet virtually with the CNCC community in March and April. CNCC faculty, staff, students and interested community members are invited to meet the finalists during the open community forums. Attendees will be invited to complete surveys to share their feedback of the finalists with the CCCS Chancellor.


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Tim Gibbs

Tim Gibbs is the President and CEO of the Ashland Alliance in Ashland, Kentucky. Tim has served this Regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Organization since 2013.  Tim has worked in economic development, education, workforce development and local government over the past 20 years.

Tim previously lived and worked in Northwest Colorado. He has served as the Executive Director of the Craig/Moffat EDP for three years, and worked at CNCC as the Executive Director of Industry and Workforce Development.

Tim has a Bachelor of Political Science Degree from Morehead State University, Master of Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and is a student  in the Morehead State Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Community Colleges.

Tim and his wife, Beverly have been married for the last 23 years.


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Dr. Lisa Jones 

Dr. Lisa Jones Copprue has spent the last 32 years of her career advancing the mission of colleges and universities. Of this, 17 years have been in service to a highly diverse student body, within community college settings. She brings extensive experience working in complex and matrixed organizations and in achieving system as well as institutional goals and objectives. She believes that a high performing and student centric organization and culture can only be created and nurtured when there is 360-degree communication, trust, mutual respect, and shared leadership. She is a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial mindset and identifies herself as a servant and transformational leader. She has advanced expertise in organizational development, and strategic enrollment and budget planning and management. Dr. Copprue is committed to social justice, educational and access equity, diversity, inclusion, and economic parity to reverse trends in generational poverty. Finally, she is a lifelong educator and learner with expertise in instructional and student development programs and programming.

For her continued commitment to student success, Dr. Copprue is the recipient of the 2016-17 MACRAO Equity in Education Award, the Michigan ACE Institutional Representative Award in 2016 for her role in mentoring women pursuing doctoral studies, and of significant pride, awards throughout the years from student leadership. She has authored papers on educational equity to help colleagues in their design of strategies to move the needle and authored and managed numerous grants which have provided the funding to see the outcome of these strategies through to completion.

As a supporter of economic development and community improvement she works with industry and educational leaders to create innovative opportunities which align with industry and learner needs. She is an active friend and fund raiser, community, and industry partner, and pursues opportunities that are of mutual benefit to the College, the community and institutional partners.

As a staunch believer in the value of community college education she, her husband Stephen and their four children all began their educational journeys at community colleges.



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Keith Peterson

Keith Peterson, is the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Colorado Northwestern Community College. A first generation college graduate and former community college student, Keith has an extensive background in higher education, government and workforce/economic development. He has designed and implemented a variety of degree programs, served on multiple workforce and economic development boards and has over a decade of experience in higher education administration. 

Keith currently serves on the Colorado Community College System Vice President’s Leadership Committee and was appointed by the System as the state’s rural college representative for the National Governor’s Association Reskill and Recovery America project. For the past two years, Keith has served as the Chair for the CCCS Rural College Consortium, a group dedicated to the concerns and advancement of rural community colleges in the state of Colorado. 

Keith is a resident of Northwest Colorado, where he resides with his wife Sara, their sons Logan and Kaiden, their four dogs, three cats and twenty chickens.  Keith and his wife Sara are active members of their local community where they serve on multiple municipal boards. They enjoy spending time with family and friends on their ranch, kayaking/fishing on Kinney Reservoir, and exploring the many trails, views, and adventures offered in Northwest Colorado.



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Dr. Sandra Kidoo 

Dr. Sandra Kiddoo serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky. Previously, she served Mid-State Technical College (WI) as vice president of academics; the Wisconsin Technical College System first as the education director of transportation and electronics programs and later as the associate vice president instruction. Dr Kiddoo has many years of teaching adjunct and prior experience in the transportation industry. 

Dr Kiddoo serves on the American Association of Community College’s commission on Small and Rural Colleges. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a master’s from Capella University, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr Kiddoo’s has extensive experience at a state and national level in program and curriculum design along with aligning education with workforce and economic opportunities. 

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking and exploring the outdoors.  



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Dr. Josh Baker

Dr. Josh Baker has 15 years of experience in community colleges.  He started as a faculty member at Highline Community College, near Seattle, and enjoyed a variety of faculty leadership positions before accepting an Assistant Dean position at Vincennes University where he was the chief officer at Center Grove Early College in Greenwood, Indiana. He then accepted a position as a Campus Dean and Instructional Dean at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Washington.  At Bates he led Adult Basic Education, Developmental Education, General Education, Allied Health, and Business and Office programs. He later transferred within Bates to lead the STEM programs and oversee a new campus. Dr. Baker currently serves as the Vice President of Instruction at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Spring, Colorado. Pikes Peak is a robust and diverse college serving approximately 20,000 students each year at three full-service campuses. 

Dr. Baker is a board member for the Red Cross in Colorado Springs, and for The National Council of Instructional Administrators. He served on the board for Reach Services for Youth while in Tacoma, WA. He has participated in a variety of community service, including youth sports. 

Dr. Baker is a Presidential Fellow Alumni with The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. His PhD is in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University and his dissertation is on Actions of Community College Presidents that Increase Organizational Trust. His masters and bachelor’s degrees are from Brigham Young University. Dr. Baker is a proud community college alum.

Dr. Baker and his wife Toni have three children and enjoy an active lifestyle, including exploring our amazing national parks.

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,800 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.

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