Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick is Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), one of the largest community college systems in the nation. She oversees operations for the system, which serves 200,000 students and nearly 10,000 faculty and staff members across 10 colleges in the metropolitan Phoenix area, including a corporate college, and two skills centers.
Under Dr. Harper-Marinick’s leadership, MCCCD has helped a diverse student body pursue university degrees thanks to the Reverse Transfer Initiative. In 2015-2016, more than 30,000 undergraduates enrolled at one of Arizona’s three public universities with 12 or more credits from MCCCD. The college system is also the largest workforce trainer in Arizona. In 2016, MCCCD conferred occupational awards to more than 10,000 students in a variety of industries, including health care, business, aircraft and automotive, public safety, computer and information sciences, and construction.
Dr. Marinick was also pivotal in developing the Maricopa Millions Open Educational Resources project (OER), which has saved students more than $10 million dollars—almost double the estimated projections when the program was first conceived in 2012. She has promoted MCCD signature partnerships and programs benefitting students and the community, the workforce, and the environment, including the Automotive Centers of Excellence, the Sun Corridor-Get Into Energy Consortium (ASC-GIEC), and the Arizona Advanced Technologies Corridor.
Dr. Harper-Marinick is the recipient of various awards and recognition, including 2018 Most Admired Leaders by Phoenix Business Journal, 2017 Woman of the Year Award from Valley Leadership, and 2015 Woman of the Year award from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She was featured in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 women who have made a difference in the world by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges and exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills.