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President's Biography

Leah L. Bornstein, Ph.D.

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Dr. Leah L. Bornstein has dedicated more than 25 years to higher education in a variety of leadership and management roles. Dr. Bornstein, with degrees from Bradford College and the University of Vermont, plus a doctorate from the University of Denver, and an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University, is a prominent advocate for student success, quality instruction, increased access to education and strong enrollment and completion rates.

Dr. Bornstein was named the sixth president and CEO of Aims Community College on Aug. 1, 2015, by the Aims Board of Trustees. Aims Community College is a public, fully accredited, two-year college with multiple sites in northern Colorado. The 175-acre main campus has been centered in Greeley, Colorado for nearly 50 years with satellite locations in Fort Lupton, Loveland and Windsor. The college, with more than 774 full-time and part-time employees, offers 200 degree and certificate programs and serves more than 7,000 students annually.

Prior to joining Aims Community College, Dr. Bornstein served as President of Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Bornstein led the college through unprecedented economic challenges. Her leadership led to a 20 percent increase in enrollment, a budget restructure that improved long-term financial stability after recovering from an almost 50 percent budget reduction, Coconino Community College’s continued accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and a nationally recognized Sustainable Financial Plan – a model for community colleges facing significant funding reductions.

Dr. Bornstein’s work has captured the attention of national boards and commissions where she has held officer and leadership positions with Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE), Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), American Council of Education (ACE), and formerly, the Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE). In June 2017, Dr. Bornstein was appointed to the Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN) Executive Committee as a member at large.

A native New Englander, Dr. Bornstein’s lifelong commitment to higher education has included serving as CEO for Colorado Mountain College - Summit County Campus. She led the campus and community through site determination, land acquisition, design and development of a new 35,000 square-foot campus acting as the gateway into Breckenridge, an internationally known ski resort community. She has also served as Chief Academic Officer at Lamar Community College in Colorado, Vice President of Instruction at the Higher Colleges of Technology - Center for Education Research and Training in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at University College, University of Denver in Colorado.

An avid world traveler and outdoors woman, Dr. Bornstein has lived in or visited more than 40 countries. Some of her more remote adventures include kayaking in Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, and trekking the Himalayas, China, Egypt, Africa and Europe. She has rafted down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and also the Zambezi River in Africa. She and her husband, Joe Findley, enjoy exploring the globe, its people, its nature and wildlife through photography