Our colleges are exciting, dynamic institutions that allow you to pursue your dreams and achieve your goals. We welcome everyone who desires an education or seeks to enhance their knowledge and skills. We are less concerned with where you’ve been than with where you want to go.
Nancy J. McCallin, Ph.D.
Colorado Community College System

Nancy J. McCallin, President

During her tenure, Dr. McCallin has led efforts that have had a significant positive impact on the Colorado Community College System.


Dr. Nancy J. McCallin assumed the presidency of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) in October, 2004. As CCCS president, Dr. McCallin leads the state’s largest system of higher education, which serves more than 137,000 students annually at 13 colleges with 39 campuses across the state. 34% of undergraduate students in Colorado attend CCCS colleges, and CCCS produces 38% of the degrees and certificates awarded in the state.

In 2008, she was instrumental in leading the effort to pass Amendment 50 to extend gaming limits in Colorado, with the additional revenues going to help support Colorado’s community colleges. The measure passed by a 2 to 1 margin, and garnered $8.8 million in additional revenues for the System in FY 2017-18 alone. In 2010, she worked closely with the presidents of the 13 colleges to ensure the system’s quality was sustained in the face of significant budget cutbacks and an unprecedented 20% growth in enrollment.

In 2014, Dr. McCallin worked with stakeholders on legislation to allow community colleges to offer Bachelor of Applied Science degrees and to require statewide transfer articulation agreements between community colleges and universities so that students do not lose credits when transferring. CCCS colleges now offer 42 Degrees with Designation, and in 2017 CCCS colleges transferred nearly 12,000 students to four-year institutions.

In 2018, Dr. McCallin led a successful legislative effort that resulted in increasing access to concurrent enrollment, strengthening statewide transfer agreements and enabling community colleges to offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees to help to address the state’s critical shortage of bachelors-prepared nurses.

Before taking the helm at CCCS, Dr. McCallin served for nearly six years as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting, a cabinet level position. As state budget director, she was responsible for budget policy and resource allocation for the state.

For a decade prior to her role as Colorado’s budget director, Dr. McCallin was chief economist for the Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly. From 1981 to 1989, she was an economist with United Banks of Colorado, Inc. (now Wells Fargo) where she was responsible for analysis and forecasting national, state, and mountain region economics.

Currently, she is a member of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, a board member of the Community Advisory Board of Wells Fargo Bank of Colorado, a board member on the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, and on the Women’s Forum. She has served as chair and board member on the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority and as commissioner on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

Dr. McCallin earned a Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College, and a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

System Initiatives

2015 -2025 Strategic Plan

In collaboration with stakeholders we created a strategic plan that will make Colorado community colleges unsurpassed at providing quality educational opportunities. Our goals include:

  • Student and CCCS workforce experience
  • Creating education without barriers
  • Focusing on accessibility, affordability, quality, accountability, resource development and operational excellence
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CCCS Economic Impact

Colorado Community College System colleges (CCCS colleges) create a significant positive impact on the business community and generate a return on investment to their major stakeholder groups—students, taxpayers, and society.

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