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Cynthia Bioteau has been on the job now since July as the new president of Salt Lake Community College. In KSL’s view, it has been an impressive few months, as she has introduced herself and her leadership style to the broader community.
It’s especially refreshing to hear her regularly reaffirm her desire to maintain SLCC’s long-established mission as an open access, comprehensive community college. In her mind, there’s no need to try to expand SLCC into a four-year institution, or to achieve “university” status. “We understand our niche,” she recently told the KSL Editorial Board.
As many as 64,000 students pass through the college’s doors during a typical semester. 25,000 are full-time students. And most Utahns would likely be surprised to know the Community College offers classes at 14 different locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley.
While understanding SLCC’s niche, President Bioteau doesn’t intend to let the institution stagnate. High on her priority list is an expansion of the school’s biotechnology focus, along with her desire to introduce revolutionary nanotechnology coursework at the institution.
They’re notable goals, all within the context of the two year school’s traditional curriculum. As we said, KSL finds that refreshing. President Bioteau’s presidential focus is indeed impressive.