Cecilia Y.M. Cervantes Ph.D., Interim President
Cecilia Y.M. Cervantes most recently worked (2016) as a consultant in curriculum development at the Minneapolis Public Schools. From 2008-2015, Cervantes served as president of Hennepin Technical College (a two-campus college at Brooklyn Park and Eden Park, Minnesota). The college is the largest technical college in Minnesota and the region, serving more than 9,500 students in credit classes, as well as 10,000 students in customized training and continuing education courses.
Cervantes provided leadership as president of College of Alameda (2002-2008) in the city/island of Alameda, California. The college served 6,500 credit students and additional enrollment through fee-based, non-credit offerings on the main campus at one off-campus facility, as well as at various community locations.
She also served as Associate Vice President of Lifelong Learning and Career Technical Education at El Paso Community College (1998-2002), Provost Transmountain Campus El Paso Community College District, Texas (1998-1999); Associate Campus Director (Chief Instructional Officer) at Doña Ana Community College in Las Cruces (1994-1998), Vice President of Academic Affairs at Western New Mexico University in Silver City (1992-1994) and Dean of Continuing Education and Dean of Arts and Humanities at the Community College of Denver (1989-1992).
Previously, she also served as Director of Federal Projects at Community of Denver, CO; Director, National Early Childhood Bilingual Multicultural Resource Center (Head Start programs) for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming; assistant professor of reading and coordinator Bilingual education, Metropolitan State University of Denver; reading coordinator, Right to Read Project at Denver Public Library and an elementary school teacher in Texas.
Cervantes has earned the following academic credentials: Ph.D. University of Colorado (major: curriculum and instruction, minor: bilingual multicultural education/reading; M.A. University of Texas at El Paso (education/reading); and a B.A. University of Texas at El Paso (major/minor: Spanish/Chicano studies).