Perhac to leave Colorado Mountain College after seven years |

Perhac to leave Colorado Mountain College after seven years

Kathy Kiser-Miller to serve as replacement

Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus Vice President Peter Perhac speaks during the groundbreaking of the new academic center in 2011. Perhac is leaving CMC at the end of September after seven years.

— Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus leader Peter Perhac has announced plans to leave the college at the end of September and move out of the area.

Perhac joined CMC as the Alpine campus’ CEO in 2008, and continues to be the top-ranking official on the campus in his current role as vice president.

Current dean of academic affairs, Kathy Kiser-Miller, will serve as Perhac’s replacement.

The campus has matured significantly under the leadership of Perhac, who helped with the implementation of new two- and four-year degrees, served on the college’s budget committee for four years and oversaw the planning and completion of the new academic building.

“His greatest legacy is that building on the hill,” said CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser. “He really stewarded that.”

Besnette Hauser said CMC is as strong as its been as an institution, thanks in part to Perhac’s work in Steamboat and in Edwards, where he was interim campus vice president for eight months, ending earlier this year.

“He is running an incredibly effective operation on the Steamboat campus,” she said.

Perhac plans to move “home” to Las Vegas, he said in a letter to CMC staff last week.

“As I indicted in my letter to the staff, I am returning to my home in Vegas to look for other opportunities after serving the higher education community for 45 years,” Perhac said late last week. “The rest of this year will be very flexible for me.”

Perhac told staff he while he wasn’t the type of person to walk down memory lane, he was pleased with the work done during his time at the college.

“It was extremely gratifying to work with a faculty and staff who consistently exhibited innovation, creativity and a sense of purpose,” Perhac wrote.

Longtime staff member Randy Rudasics said Perhac was professional and accessible, and will be missed.

“He has always steadied the ship when challenges were great,” said Rudasics, manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center. “His experience in higher education leadership has benefitted all of us on the Steamboat campus and throughout CMC.”

Besnette Hauser said the promotion of Kiser-Miller into the vice president role would provide stability for the campus.

In her 20 years at CMC, Kiser-Miller served as a faculty member and president of the faculty senate before becoming academic dean of the Steamboat campus. She is also the current interim vice president of academic affairs for CMC.

Her experience and capabilities led Besnette Hauser to forgo a national search.

“In rare cases where we have absolutely the right person, it’s a great opportunity to promote within,” she said.

CMC staff are now working with Kiser-Miller on how to best fill her role of dean of academic affairs.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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