Conditions of Employment for College Presidents

BP 3-15

APPROVED: November 10, 1988
EFFECTIVE: November 10, 1988
EFFECTIVE: July 1, 1989
REVISED: December 9, 1999
REPEALED: September 14, 2000
READOPTED: August 25, 2001
REVISED: March 10, 2010

REFERENCES: C.R.S. 23-60-101, et seq.; State Fiscal Rules

/ Nancy J. McCallin /
Nancy J. McCallin, Ph.D.
System President

Policy Statement

College presidents shall be provided with employment contracts subject to the conditions of this policy.


This policy applies to the president of each state system community college.

Term of Contract

A college president’s contract term shall be at the discretion of the System President in consultation with the Board.

Job Description

The System President shall provide each college president with a job description which describes the assigned duties and responsibilities.


After consultation with the respective college advisory council (s), the college president, and other parties-in-interest, the System President may reassign a college president within the System; provided that salary and contractual benefits are not reduced during the term of a contract.


The System President may non-renew the contract of a college president in consultation with the Board. There shall be no review of such action.

Contract Termination

The initial and the subsequent contracts can be terminated during the term of the contract by:

  1. Resignation
  2. Retirement
  3. Non-appropriation (as required by C.R.S. 24-19-104 (1.5)(a)
  4. No-fault separation
  5. For cause at any time. Cause shall be defined as: violation of laws, conviction of a felony or acceptance of a guilty plea or a plea of nolo contendere to a felony;
    failure to fulfill the provisions of the employment contract; moral turpitude; or mental or physical disability after reasonable accommodation which substantially
    interferes with the person’s ability to perform the essential functions of the job.


Annual Review:

The System President shall review college president’s performance each year. This review may include, but is not limited to, evaluation of the president’s
progress toward achieving goals and adjustment of said goals, if appropriate.

The System President shall evaluate the college president’s performance annually based on the following criteria:

  1. Educational leadership
  2. Administrative management
  3. Achievement of college goals and objectives
  4. Achievement/support of system goals/initiatives
  5. Community/business and industry relationships/partnerships, K-12, 4 year colleges/universities and College Advisory Council.
  6. Leadership skills

The evaluation shall also include feedback/input from a sample of the college community, selected community leaders, business and education CEO’s and College Advisory Councils.

Health Benefits

College presidents are provided those health and welfare benefits which are provided to Administrators in the Board’s policy on employee benefits.



Base salaries shall be set by the System President in consultation with the Board.
College presidents will be eligible for:

  • Annual base salary performance based increases that shall be basebuilding.
  • Annual non-base building performance bonus of up to 15% of base salary to recognize exemplary accomplishments/service that add value to the college/system and which are above and beyond job expectations.

Presidents may be reimbursed for the cost of commercial liability insurance.


College presidents are eligible for annual leave, sick leave, bereavement leave, paid holidays, jury leave, and military training leave as provided for Administrators in the
Board’s policy on employee benefits.

In addition, the System President may grant paid leave for college presidents to provide professional services to individuals or to non-state institutions or agencies. If the college president receives compensation for such services, the compensation may be retained by the college president provided that:

  1. The professional activity is not in conflict with and contributes to the overall image and professional stature of the college and/or the System, and to the professional
    development of the college president;
  2. The total compensation retained during any fiscal year does not exceed one tenth (1/10) of the college president’s annual salary; and
  3. Absence from the campus will not be detrimental to the growth, development, and stability of the college.

The System President may grant to college presidents leaves of absence with or without pay for up to one month under such terms and conditions as the System President may specify. Extended leaves of absence must have the approval of the Board.


The System President shall promulgate procedures as necessary to implement this policy.