Objectives of the Administration
- Establish and articulate college philosophy and standards of excellence.
- Encourage, foster, and practice inspired leadership.
- Establish state-of-the-art facilities and structures, provide exemplary services to support the community, and develop systems and processes to ensure high-quality, student-centered learning.
- Integrate technology throughout the curriculum and college operations.
- Promote personal and professional development of college employees.
- Cultivate an environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, and leadership.
- Meet community needs through creative, responsive, accessible, and market-aligned instructional delivery.
When Andy Dorsey became FRCC’s seventh president on July 1, 2009, it was another milestone in his journey of service to the college and its communities.
Dorsey joined FRCC in 1993 as an instructor, teaching psychology and economics at the Boulder County Campus. He also has served as a member of the faculty (and was named Boulder County Master Teacher of the Year in 1999), chair of the Arts and Communications department, associate dean of instruction and director of online learning, dean of instruction, and associate vice president for advancement. Before becoming the president of FRCC, Dorsey was vice president of the Westminster Campus/North Metro Area and chief academic officer.
Among Dorsey’s many accomplishments is launching Gateway to College at FRCC, a program to help young people who have recently dropped out of high school (or are at risk of dropping out) simultaneously earn a high school diploma and work toward a college degree. FRCC’s Gateway to College was the first such program in Colorado—and one of 18 programs nationally when it was instituted in the fall of 2008.
Dorsey also helped create two other key high school partnerships: Front Range Early College with the Mapleton School District and an extensive Post-Secondary Education Options program with Adams District 14. In 2005, he helped with much of the planning to found the Adams County Education Consortium, a partnership between Adams County school districts, community organizations, community colleges, and the business community designed to teach skills in school that better prepare Adams County students for the workforce.
Before joining FRCC, Dorsey worked in a variety of capacities at the YWCA of Boulder County, including finance director and executive director. He has been a legislative director for an Ohio congressman and worked in research and development in the recycling and energy field.
Dorsey earned a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) in economics and an MBA from Harvard University. He also earned a Master of Arts in counseling psychology from Lesley College in Denver. He is a board member of the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, the St. Anthony’s North Foundation, and the Adams County Education Consortium.
The role of the FRCC Cabinet members is to guide a shared vision and manage institutional operations for advancement of the college.
Sandy Veltri, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic and Student Services
Sandy Veltri came to FRCC on July 12, 2011, to fill this new position created to advance the college’s key strategic initiatives in academics and student services. She has extensive experience in both areas.
Veltri provides leadership in the college and the state as FRCC’s chief academic officer/student services officer. She oversees FRCC’s Online Learning and Workforce Development programs as well as academic and student support functions such as instructor credentialing and the Registrar’s Office.
During more than 20 years at Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC), Veltri was an accounting faculty member, dean, and vice president. Her most recent duties as vice president of student and academic affairs at TSJC included overseeing academic and career/technical education faculty, admissions, advising, and financial aid.
On the national level, Veltri is a peer evaluator/consultant on behalf of the Higher Learning Commission and visits community colleges that are requesting new accreditation and re-accreditation status.
Veltri has an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Applied Science from TSJC, a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Loretto Heights College, a Master of Education in vocational education from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in educational and human resources studies from Colorado State University.
Vice President of Finance and Administration
Jennifer Sobanet joined FRCC on July 1, 2009, bringing to the college extensive experience in financial management, strategic planning, and higher education and governmental accounting and budgeting. She serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the college and oversees college-wide business activities, including: fiscal services, purchasing, and contracts; budgets and business services, including the bookstore and cafeteria auxiliary operations; facilities planning and management; campus security and preparedness; information technology services; and financial aid services. Sobanet leads the College’s efforts in continuous process improvement.
Sobanet was director of strategic planning and partnership development at Colorado State University’s Global Campus and Division of Continuing Education before coming to FRCC. She created a five-year vision and developed a business plan for CSU’s startup campus for its online bachelors and degree completion students.
Prior to that, Sobanet was associate vice president for compliance, budgets, and technical support at the Colorado Community College System, in which FRCC is the largest college. There she re-engineered all administrative, analytical, and compliance processes, and aligned a $38 million budget with a new vision for career and technical education, significantly reducing administrative work at the state and local levels. She also served as CCCS budget director and legislative director. Other government experience includes serving as an economist and budget analyst in Governor Romer’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting.
Before joining CCCS, Sobanet was the business officer of Copernicus Business Systems, a global software development company, and a senior financial analyst for Convergent Communications, a national broadband/web services company.
Sobanet’s international experience includes consulting in Latin America for ZS Associates, a global management consulting firm.
Sobanet is a summa cum laude graduate of Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She earned a Master of Arts in international studies with concentrations in Latin America and Spanish from the Lauder Institute, and an MBA in international financial management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is proficient in Spanish.
Sobanet serves as the Board Chair of Hope Online Learning Academy, and on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Denver.
Vice President, Westminster Campus and Brighton Center
Therese Brown is the vice president of the Westminster Campus. She serves as the campus executive officer, overseeing campus operations and representing the campus throughout the north Denver metro area, including western Adams, Broomfield, and northern Jefferson counties.
Previously, Brown was associate dean and dean of instruction at the Westminster Campus, during which time she helped develop partnerships with local high schools. She helped start Gateway to College, a program to help young people who have recently dropped out of high school (or are about to drop out) simultaneously earn a high school diploma and work toward a college degree. Before becoming associate dean, Brown was a member of the biology faculty for more than 10 years and served as chair of the Westminster Campus Science Department.
Brown has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Nebraska. She serves as the FRCC cabinet representative to the Student Learning Committee, the College-wide Assessment Committee, and the task force on evaluating the Faculty Evaluation Plan.
Linda S. Curran, Ph.D.
Vice President, Boulder County Campus
Dr. Linda S. Curran joined FRCC on Aug. 12, 2009, as the vice president of the Boulder County Campus. She serves as the campus chief executive officer, overseeing all aspects of campus operations and representing the college throughout Boulder County.
Curran first became familiar with Colorado as a Ph.D. student when she participated in an anthropological/ecological research project in Kenya, a National Science Foundation-funded joint venture between Colorado State University and her alma mater, the State University of New York at Binghamton. She began her academic career in 1989 as an instructor at the University of Colorado at Denver, followed by a graduate faculty appointment in the department of anthropology. Her research projects and field experience courses have taken her and her students to Leadville, Pikes Peak, and Mesa Verde, and to Kenya, Tibet, China, and Nepal.
In 1999, Curran moved from her faculty post at CU-Denver to an administrative post at the (now disbanded) system office for the State Colleges in Colorado. As director of budget and capital assets at the State Colleges, Curran was responsible for capital budgets, policy and financial analysis, program evaluation, benchmarking, strategic planning, and analyzing the fiscal impacts of legislation.
At the request of Mesa State’s interim president, Curran served as Mesa’s interim CFO for a six-month period in 2003 to assist in the college’s transition to an independent governing board. In 2004, she returned to the academic and instructional side of college operations at Metropolitan State College of Denver, serving as associate vice president for curriculum and programs. She later served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Curran earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a member of Sigma Xi and the National Center for Science Education, and serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Humanities.
Vice President, Larimer Campus
Bruce Walthers joined FRCC Jan. 3, 2012, as vice president of the Larimer Campus.
In providing overall leadership for the FRCC campus in Fort Collins, Walthers will ensure that the campus maintains strong academic and technical programs and student services that lead to student success. He will oversee the development of new programs that respond to workforce demands, and develop and maintain strong relationships with school districts, Colorado State University, community organizations, and business and industry.
Walthers had been vice president for student services and enrollment management at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood since 2000. A CSU alumnus and fourth-generation Coloradoan, Walthers has nearly 30 years experience in higher education administration.
At Red Rocks, Walthers was responsible for the construction of an integrated One-Stop Enrollment Center and was the chair of the Community Colleges of Colorado System Technology Committee. Earlier in his career, he was vice president for student services at the Colorado Institute of Art and an assistant dean of students at Coe College in Iowa and Carleton College in Minnesota.
His community activities include service as chairman of the board of the West Chamber Serving Jefferson County, chairman of the Jefferson County Business Lobby, board member of the Jefferson Economic Council, board member of the Evergreen Area Council on the Arts, and a volunteer at Camp Comfort, a children’s bereavement camp affiliated with Mount Evans Hospice.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from CSU and a Master of Arts in college student personnel administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is the recipient of the Administrator of Distinction Award from Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges.
Executive Director, Organizational Development and Human Resources
Paul M. Meese has worked as a professional in human resources and operations for more than 25 years, including leadership positions with national and international restaurant chains, retailers, hotels, banking, and not-for-profit organizations.
His career began in education, at Washington State University in the Division of Student Life where he helped develop a wellness model for student development. His career then took him to Sheraton Hotels, Glenkirk, Sizzler International, North Country Bank and Trust, Bugle Boy Industries, El Pollo Loco (which during his tenure won a Diversity Recruitment Award from the People Report Organization), and American Business Management Solutions. His most recent position was vice president for client services and business development for SingleSource Services.
In his current role since August 2011, Paul has applied his human resource experience and technology acumen to lead FRCC into a more streamlined and customer-service-focused organization.
As a guest lecturer, Paul speaks to undergraduates about transitioning into the business world, careers in restaurants, retail and hospitality, and the work environment as it relates to discrimination and harassment. Paul also has lectured at state and national conferences on succession planning and sexual harassment awareness.
Originally from Houghton, Mich., Paul lives in Longmont with his family. He is a percussionist, most recently performing as the principal percussionist of the Madison (Wis.) Brass Band. He has served on three community boards, including a board of education. He raises guide and assist dog puppies and enjoys all sports as a participant and enthusiast.
He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resources Management and holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Michigan State University. He was also a former Executive-in-Residence for the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Technological University.