Community College of Denver Appoints New Executive

Rhonda Epper named Provost/VP of Academic Affairs

Community College of Denver (CCD) is pleased to welcome Dr. Rhonda Epper as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Rhonda Epper returns to CCD after serving as chief student success and academic affairs officer at the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

In that role, she managed policy development and implementation on behalf of the state in areas such as transfer/articulation, new program approval, remedial education, concurrent enrollment, supplemental academic instruction, admissions, extended studies, educator preparation and prior learning assessment. Dr. Epper also managed several large federal and state programs, including Colorado GEAR UP, the Colorado Challenge and the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. 

Prior to serving for CDHE, Epper was with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education; and was with the Colorado Community College System for 12 years in various roles. Those roles included assistant provost, where her responsibilities included development of academic innovations across the system's 13 community colleges, major grant initiatives, and policy direction for online learning, curriculum management, and research/planning for academic affairs.

“Rhonda brings a wealth of experience in higher education from her work at multiple levels – campus, system, state, regional, and national,” says CCD President Dr. Everette Freeman. “More importantly, she began her community college career right here at CCD and therefore in returning as Provost has been able to hit the ground running.”

Dr. Epper was also awarded the Richard Jonsen Award by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), which is awarded to a WCET member whose career has been committed to improving postsecondary educational programs and services through innovative uses of technology as well as for exceptional service to the cooperative, WCET.


With nearly 8,000 students, Community College of Denver is located on the vibrant Auraria Campus in downtown Denver. As a leading point of entry to higher education for the city and county of Denver, CCD offers small-class sizes and flexible schedules, career and academic programs, award-winning professors, extensive advisory and support services, world-class facilities, easy access via RTD light rail, and affordable tuition. CCD is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and is one of 13 community colleges in the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).  Learn more at www.CCD.edu.