Rhonda M. Epper, Ph.D., is the President of Trinidad State College.
Previously, Dr. Epper was the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Community
College of Denver. During her tenure as provost, she guided the institution through
a transformation of developmental education, a comprehensive accreditation review,
development and implementation of program and institutional outcomes assessment and
adoption of guided pathways. She worked collaboratively with internal and external
constituencies, including the expansion of college level dual enrollment programs
throughout Denver Public High Schools.
In 2017-18, Epper was selected for the Aspen Institute’s Presidential Fellows program,
a year-long leadership program designed for aspiring community college presidents
who have the potential to become transformational leaders within their communities.
Epper was also Chief Academic/Student Affairs Officer at the Colorado Department of
Higher Education where she engaged statewide stakeholder councils of provosts, student
affairs and admissions officers, and the statewide General Education transfer council.
She served as regional director of the State Authorization Reciprocity initiative
at WICHE, and was with the Colorado Community College System for nine years in various
roles, including Assistant Provost, where her responsibilities included major grant
initiatives, curriculum management, statewide transfer/articulation, and research/planning
for academic affairs. She also served as co-executive director of CCCOnline, a statewide
online learning consortium serving 45,000 students annually. Epper also served at
the California State University, office of the Chancellor. She has served as a consultant
to WCET, ECS, SREB, SHEEO, and the League for Innovation in the Community College.
In 2012, she received the WCET Richard Jonson award for lifetime achievement and service
to the eLearning community. Epper was a fellow with the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied
Research and currently serves as a board member of the National Center for Higher
Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).