Dr. Simone leaving TSJC for S.D.

Trinidad State President Dr. Carmen Simone

VALLEY – Trinidad State President Dr. Carmen Simone will leave Colorado to take a job in higher education in South Dakota. Her last official day on the job at Trinidad State will be January 1, 2019. Her new job of executive director of the Sioux Falls University Center (UC-SF) will start the following day.

Dr. Simone has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a B.S. in chemistry from the University of North Dakota. She served as assistant professor of chemistry at CSU from 1993-2003 and was a chemistry instructor at Casper College in Wyoming from 1993 to 2004. Before arriving at Trinidad State in the summer of 2013 she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho as well as vice president for academic affairs at Casper College.

In more than five years at Trinidad State she lead efforts to stabilize enrollment and increase retention rates while streamlining course offerings and tackling a severe budget shortfall in her first year. She made a commitment to unifying Trinidad State’s two campuses in Trinidad and Alamosa, which are separated by 110 miles and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. She oversaw the beginning of highly successful cross country teams in Alamosa, which expanded to indoor and outdoor track and field. In only two seasons several athletes have claimed individual NJCAA national titles.

She oversaw the re-accreditation process from the Higher Learning Commission, helped with internal planning for an upcoming four-year nursing degree, and supported the Trinidad State Robotics Team which has gained a national reputation for excellence with the help of NASA.

Dr. Simone has kept an overwhelming schedule, committing early on to spending time on both campuses each week and has been involved in community planning and service clubs, while attending nearly all home sporting events.

She is known for her positive personality, her friendly nature and tireless energy.  She leaves Trinidad State much stronger than she found it. 

“I’ve spent much of my life in Colorado and leaving will certainly be bittersweet,” she said. “Being a college president is very challenging and very rewarding at the same time. I’ve made many new friends and wonderful colleagues in the last five years and will cherish so many memories, but I’m ready to start a new chapter with my family in South Dakota.”

The Colorado Community College System has already begun the search for her replacement.

New president search begins

VALLEY — The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) and Colorado Community College System (CCCS) have announced a nationwide search for the next Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) president is underway.

Recruitment for the new TSJC president will begin immediately with the best consideration given to candidates that apply before November 28. The search committee, comprised of college and community representatives, will screen applications and recommend finalists to the system president for final selection by February 2019.

The current TSJC president, Dr. Carmen Simone, has diligently served the Trinidad and Alamosa communities and its students since 2013.

“We are grateful for Dr. Simone’s leadership throughout her tenure at TSJC and hope to continue building upon her accomplishments in promoting student success,” said Joe Garcia, president of CCCS.

Dr. Simone concludes her role at TSJC on January 1, 2019, and will move on to serve as an executive director at the University of South Dakota.

Established in 1925, Trinidad State Junior College is the oldest community college in Colorado, providing comprehensive educational services to over 1,660 students across eight counties in Southern Colorado. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, TSJC offers an inclusive campus environment, high quality academic programs, in-demand career training, and 11 athletic programs.

Greenwood Asher & Associates will provide technical assistance to CCCS for this search. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number and email address of the nominee. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to: Narcisa Polonio, Ed.D., Team Leader

PHONE: 202-276-1983

EMAIL: [email protected]

The position will remain open until filled. This is a confidential search process.