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Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, ‘15

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, ‘15

Interim Chancellor, Maricopa County Community College District: Phoenix, AZ

Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D., is Interim Chancellor for the Maricopa County Community College District. She works closely with the Chancellor to develop and implement the District’s strategic plan; lead initiatives to enhance access and increase student success; and build the stature and recognition of the District and its ten colleges locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Harper-Marinick also provides oversight for all areas within academic and student affairs; institutional effectiveness and research; university relations and transfer; grants development; international education; high school to college pathways programs; workforce development; and small business development.

Dr. Harper-Marinick serves on several boards and councils including the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (Chair) by appointment of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders; National Community College Hispanic Council (President-Elect); National Advisory Board for the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE); ETS National Community College Advisory Council; American Association for Community Colleges’ Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity; League for Innovation in the Community College; Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC); Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC); Arizona Public Engagement Task Force; Arizona’s College and Career Readiness Partnership; Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s Latino Public Policy Center Advisory Board; Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Committee; Valley of the Sun United Way Financial Stability Advisory Council; Arizona’s Latina Giving Circle; Thriving Together Leadership Council; and Arizona Superintendent for Public Instruction’s Hispanic Advisory Group.

From the Dominican Republic, Dr. Harper-Marinick came to Arizona State University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1982. She has authored scholarly articles and chapters and presented at national conferences.
Dr. Harper-Marinick has been the recipient of awards and recognition, most recently she was recognized by Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy as a Distinguished Associate (2014) and has been awarded a Circle of Friends Award from Aguila Youth Leadership Institute (2014), the 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks Hispanic Community Leadership Award, the NCSPOD 2013 Chancellor Leadership Award, and the 2012 Victoria Foundation’s Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Service in Higher Education Award. In 2014, Dr. Harper-Marinick was selected as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business by the AZ Business Magazine, highlighted by the Phoenix Business Journal in their Executive Profiles, and featured in an article by Dana Wilkie in the International Educator titled “Women Making Their Marks.” In 2013 she was selected as one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders in Arizona by the AZ Business Magazine and one of the Valley’s Most Admired Leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal, and was featured in Revista Mercado (Dominican Republic), Latina Styles, International Educator, and Hispanic Executive magazines.