College Leadership

Andrew Dorsey

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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.

Gillian McKnight-Tutein, Ed.D.

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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.

Cathy Pellish

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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.

Elena Sandoval-Lucero, Ph.D.

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Vice President, Boulder County Campus

Dr. Elena Sandoval-Lucero joined FRCC on June 26, 2017, as vice president of the Boulder County Campus. She oversees campus operations and represents the campus and FRCC throughout Boulder County.

Previously, she was vice president of student affairs at the Community College of Aurora.

Sandoval-Lucero has more than 25 years of experience in academic and student affairs settings in community colleges and four-year universities. Before joining Community College of Aurora, she was an assistant research professor and director of a center at the University of Colorado-Denver (CU-Denver) that focused on the employment, training, and career development of teacher aides. She also worked as director of admissions and outreach at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

As a volunteer, she has been a board member of the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts Program, a member of Colorado’s Homeless and Unaccompanied Youth Task Force, and a member of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Community Collaboration and Co-Visioning Team.

Sandoval-Lucero earned a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, a master’s in administration, supervision and curriculum development from the CU-Denver, a master’s in psychology from American Public University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and innovation from CU-Denver.

Jean Runyon, Ph.D.

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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.