On January 25, 2017 Our Speaker is Dr. Linda M. Thor
The Maricopa Community Colleges: Challenges and Opportunities.
Learn how Maricopa County Community Colleges (MCCC) are meeting Arizona’s education challenges with over 950 occupational courses for business and industry, associate degrees, and courses to seamlessly transfer to four year colleges and universities.
The Maricopa Community Colleges comprise one of the largest college districts in the nation. The district is consistently recognized as a premier system for its innovative programs and student success. However, the district faces significant challenges including the total loss of state funding, increased competition and declining enrollment, and greater demand for agile, responsive workforce training. Dr. Linda Thor, newly elected to the MCCC Governing Board, will describe the challenges and opportunities that face the colleges today.
Dr. Thor previously worked in community colleges for 41 years, 29 years as a chief executive officer. She is President Emeritus of Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, where she served for nearly 20 years. Dr. Thor is also Chancellor Emeritus of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in California’s Silicon Valley, a post she held for 5 ½ years.
Dr. Thor was president of West Los Angeles College in Culver City, California. Her appointment as West Los Angeles College president in 1986 followed a successful tenure as senior director of occupational and technical education for the Los Angeles Community College District. She has served as adjunct faculty for the UCLA School of Education, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Rio Salado College, and Northern Arizona University.
Dr. Thor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Pepperdine University, a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University - Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Education degree in community college administration from Pepperdine University.