CMC’s Hart takes Fort Morgan job |

CMC’s Hart takes Fort Morgan job

Alpine Campus dean moves into president's role at Morgan Community College

Zach Fridell

Kerry Hart

— Dr. Kerry Hart, dean of Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, has been named the new president of Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan.

Hart, who has been dean and CEO of the Alpine Campus since 2006, starts his new position Aug. 1. He recently was identified as a finalist for several positions, including posts at New Mexico State University at Carlsbad, Eastern New Mexico State University in Portales, and Morgan Community College.

Hart said he is excited for the move, which will put him in charge of 1,735 students divided between Morgan Community College’s main campus in Fort Morgan and four satellite sites in Bennett, Burlington, Limon and Wray.

“I’ve got a lot of different emotions,” Hart said. “My short tenure at CMC has been rewarding and is difficult to leave.”

Hart said Arin, one of his three children, lives in Fort Morgan, and he is excited to be living closer to family. Hart’s last day at the Alpine Campus will be July 11, he said.

“At the end of the day, the presidency at Morgan was something I couldn’t leave behind,” he said.

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Debra Crawford, spokeswoman for the Alpine Campus, said the university was aware Hart was named a finalist for the position and will begin advertising the vacancy immediately.

“We hope by early next week to be able to name an interim dean,” she said. “We wish Dr. Hart all the best in his new position.”

Before coming to Steamboat Springs, Hart was dean of arts and humanities at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., and served as vice president of arts and enrichment studies and dean of the Mohave Valley Campus for Mohave Community College in Bullhead, Ariz. He received his doctorate of music education and higher education administration, as well as his master’s of music in conducting and music literature from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and his bachelor of arts in music education from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, praised Hart and the talents he will bring to Morgan Community College.

“Dr. Hart will be an excellent fit for the college,” McCallin said in a news release. “He has a strong background in working in rural colleges and communities and appreciates the important role of a community college to the economic vitality of the area.”

The Colorado Community College System comprises the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 107,000 students annually, according to the news release. The college network oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.