Monday, February 3, 2014

Deneece Huftalin takes on interim president role

This past month Interim President Dr. Deneece Huftalin took the helm at Salt Lake Community College.

President Huftalin was appointed last November by the Utah State Board of Regents after former President Cynthia Bioteau announced she would be leaving to become president of Florida State College at Jacksonville.

In her online message to students, Dr. Huftalin urged them to embrace the “wow” at SLCC.

“College is about engaging with new ideas, challenging your thinking, experiencing diverse perspectives, and approaching concepts with renewed vision,” she said. “Indulge in that experience as a learner.”

Before accepting her new post, Dr. Huftalin had been serving as vice president for student services since 2004. She started in 1992 at SLCC as director of academic and career advising. Two years later she was named dean of students.

Dr. Huftalin teaches in the Education, Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah, where she also earned her doctorate and bachelor’s degree. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of California in Los Angeles.

When Dr. Huftalin was named interim president, Regent Bonnie Jean Beesley said, “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.”

A 21-member search committee has been formed to find a replacement for Bioteau.