Andy Dorsey has been president of Front Range Community College since 2009, after serving 14 years at the college as a faculty member, dean, and vice president. He has played key roles in building online learning, expanding concurrent enrollment, creating a new consolidated student services center at the Westminster Campus, and winning a grant to start the Gateway to College program, a replication of a national model dropout-recovery program.
Upon becoming president, one of his first actions was to restructure the way the college interacted with businesses, creating a new college workforce development officer to better coordinate business partnerships and better link the college with workforce development organizations. Those efforts led to several new partnerships, including a recent $10 million federal grant to develop advanced manufacturing programs and a $4.7 million grant to train workers in information technology. Mr. Dorsey also has led the college through major remodeling efforts at all three campuses and the addition of a new technology center at the Fort Collins campus.
Before joining FRCC, Mr. Dorsey was a consultant on alternative energy development projects and finance director and interim executive director at the YWCA of Boulder County. He also has been vice president of an alternative energy firm, marketing director for a market-research firm, and legislative director for an Ohio congressman.
Mr. Dorsey earned a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) in economics from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Master of Arts from Lesley College.
Mr. Dorsey is a director on boards of several organizations, including the Gateway to College National Network (treasurer), St. Anthony North Health Campus, North Metro Chamber of Commerce, Campus Compact of the Mountain West, and Adams County Economic Development.
The role of the FRCC Cabinet members is to guide a shared vision and manage institutional operations for advancement of the college.
Joseph Harbouk, Ed.D.
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Joseph Harbouk joined FRCC on Jan. 13, 2014, as the vice president for Finance and Administration. Harbouk leads FRCC in the areas of Finance, Business Services and Budgets, Information Technology, Facilities Planning and Management, Campus Security and Preparedness, and Continuous Process Improvement. Harbouk has an extensive track record of leadership and administrative accomplishments to include strategic planning, integrated planning, Facilities Master Planning, development of innovative financial models, and pursuance of administrative efficiencies.
Prior to his appointment at FRCC, Harbouk served at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and as vice chancellor for administration and finance at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Previously, Harbouk served as the vice president for administrative services, assistant vice president for administration, and chief information officer at Loyola Marymount University. In addition, Harbouk was chief information officer at several American universities, including Truman State University and the University of Indianapolis.
Harbouk has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and an M.B.A. from the University of Indianapolis, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University. He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
Gillian McKnight-Tutein, Ed.D.
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
Gillian McKnight-Tutein joined FRCC in June 2016 as FRCC’s chief academic/student services officer, She leads the college’s online learning and workforce development departments, and oversee key academic and student support functions, including instructor credentialing, registrar’s office, and catalog and schedule production.
McKnight-Tutein has been assistant vice president of academic affairs and director of distance learning at Mesa State University in Grand Junction. Before that, she served in several positions at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, including director of innovative learning design and quality, interim dean of e-learning and innovation, and district director of training and development. She also has experience in banking, having been assistant vice president for retail performance development for National City, a seven-state bank holding company headquartered in Cleveland.
McKnight-Tutein has volunteered in food banks in Ohio and as a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Mesa County in Colorado.
A community college graduate, McKnight-Tutein, has a doctorate of instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University, a master of science in human resources development and administration from Barry University, and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Florida International University. She earned an associate of arts in liberal arts from the College of Boca Raton, now Lynn University.
Vice President, Westminster Campus
Cathy Pellish 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.
Pellish joined FRCC in 1998 as a member of the math faculty. While chair of the Mathematics Department, she served as the statewide math discipline chair for the Colorado Community College System.
She has been an instructional dean for seven years. As dean, she was co-chair of the colleges’ Student Success Committee, which is guiding the college’s work on an American Association of Community Colleges-developed Pathways Project, a student success initiative. She served on the steering committee that revamped developmental education to give students the support they need to advance into college-level math and English classes in as little as one semester.
Before coming to FRCC, Pellish worked for 10 years in high-tech industries as a software engineer. She has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master of science in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado-Denver.
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 oversees campus operations and represents the campus and FRCC 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 the interim president of then-named Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University), 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 (now Metropolitan State University) of Denver, serving as associate vice president for curriculum and programs for three years, after which she served two years as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs until she came to FRCC’s Boulder County campus.
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 Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce., as well as the Chamber’s Public Policy and Education Committees.
Vice President, Larimer Campus
Jean Runyon joined FRCC July 1, 2015, as vice president of the Larimer Campus.
She will lead the campus as it finishes a major facilities construction and renovation project. She will oversee final touches on the newly renovated arts and design building that will open in fall 2015 and the renovation and expansion of an enhanced student services center.
While providing overall campus leadership and vision, Runyon also will focus on key campus initiatives, including expanding concurrent enrollment with Poudre and Thompson district high schools, enhancing several partnerships with Colorado State University, and expanding partnerships with area businesses and non-profit organizations.
Runyon came to FRCC from Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, where she had been associate vice president for learning advancement and the Virtual Campus and interim dean of the college’s School of Business and Law. Before that, she was a faculty member and director of the Innovative Teaching Center at the College of Southern Maryland.
She is a former chair of the Instructional Technology Council, an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). She also served on the AACC Advisory Committee on Leadership Initiatives.
She has a Ph.D. in education technology management from Northcentral University; a graduate certificate in online instructional design from Capella University; a master of arts in supervision and human relations from George Washington University, and a bachelor of science in education from Bloomsburg University.
She is a recipient of the Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award and the Maryland Distance Learning Association’s Administrator of the Year award. Other honors include the Association of Community College Trustees Northeast Region faculty recognition award.
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, and currently performs with his son in a jazz/blues combo called Pocket Change. Before relocating to Longmont, he performed 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.