Salt Lake Community College bid a fond farewell in November to its leader since 2005 as Dr. Cynthia Bioteau moved on to become president of Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Dr. Bioteau took the helm as president of the College in 2005, bringing more than 35 years of experience in education, mental health and business. Under her guidance the College became a core of economic and workforce development and a consistent Top 10 finisher as one of the leading producers of associate degrees in the country.
Before leaving Dr. Bioteau wrote in an email to employees, “I believe SLCC is more solid and important to this state and country as never before, and know the greatness is from the collective wisdom and efforts.”
While at the College Bioteau supported the creation of its Women’s Business Institute and the Women’s India Trust, which works with female entrepreneurs in India. During her time as president, Dr. Bioteau collected honors that included Utah Business magazine’s 30 Women to Watch, the 2010 Athena Award, the YWCA’s Exemplary Leader in Education award and the Sandy Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Titan Award.
“She is passionate about higher education and the mission of the institution and its place in the community,” the College’s Public Relations Director Joy Tlou told the Salt Lake Tribune, “and she is compassionate for all of the people she works for and with.”
The State Board of Regents chose Dr. Deneece Huftalin as the College’s interim president, effective January 1, 2014. Dr. Huftalin has served at the College for over 20 years as director of academic and career advising in 1992, dean of students in 1994 and in 2004 the vice president of student services. Dr. Huftalin earned bachelor and doctorate degrees from the University of Utah. Her career credits include Harper Community College and Northwestern University in Illinois.
“The Board and the SLCC community are fortunate that Dr. Huftalin is willing to step into the role of interim president,” said Board of Regents Chair Bonnie Jean Beesley. “Dr. Huftalin’s years of service to Salt Lake Community College, along with her administrative capabilities and commitment to students will provide a steady hand during the transition on campus that inevitably occurs during a college presidential search.”
The Board of Regents will conduct a national search to replace President Bioteau.