Ruthanne K. Orihuela
CCD's Provost Ruthanne K. Orihuela started working with CCD in June 2013. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder in Spanish linguistics and a Bachelor or Arts from University of Idaho in Spanish.
In her previous role as executive dean for Center for Arts & Humanities, Ruthanne worked with faculty who teach courses in English, reading, and writing, literature, journalism, communication, graphic design, visual art, humanities, philosophy, world languages, and English as a Second Language. She also worked with staff members who oversee CCD’s Confucius Institute and work to promote Chinese language and culture to our students and other members of the Denver community.
Prior to her role as dean, Ruthanne taught Spanish language, culture and literature classes for 12 years. She speaks Spanish, French and a little Italian and was a Spanish instructor at Lewis-Clark State College, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Idaho before moving to Colorado to serve as department chair for Performing Arts and Humanities at the Community College of Aurora in 2010.
Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education student affairs leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. In regards to completing this goal, she says, "Depending on your perspective, this is either what I do in my spare time or the reason I have no spare time. "
Ruthanne and her husband have twins, one girl, one boy. She also has a zoo full of animals at home: two dogs (Boxers), four birds (Budgies), many fish, a chameleon named Linda and a spotted gecko named Spot. She enjoys spending time with her family traveling and exploring our city, state, country, and the world.