First Choice

See the some of the people who’ve made Colorado Mountain College the first choice for higher education.

Dr. Carrie Hauser | Kevin Clarke | Melissa Bard | Terry Hunter | Scott Sandblom | Auden Schendler  | Lorene Martinez

CMC President Dr. Carrie Hauser

Dr. Carrie Hauser: Guiding toward Greatness

“CMC has the potential to become the premier and most innovative institution of its kind.”

Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser forged her leadership skills on the rivers and summits of the West. She is also a respected leader in the halls of academia. Her work has created new opportunities for countless students. As CMC’s new president, she brings the vision and energy to lead the College to new heights.

See Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser’s Bio


Kevin Clarke: Serving Fine Careers

Kevin Clarke: Serving Fine Careers

“Our students learn their art in four-diamond rated, world-class resort restaurants.”

Professor Kevin Clarke is a leader in Culinary Arts education. His CMC culinary teams have represented Colorado in regional competitions nine times. He chairs the apprenticeship committee for the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. But Kevin’s greatest success is turning students into future chefs. His graduates now create fine cuisine in kitchens from Colorado to Norway.


Melissa Bard: Leading the Class

Melissa Bard: Leading the Class

“I had a definite advantage. I felt so much more prepared academically than a lot of my peers.”

While in high school, Melissa Bard took concurrent enrollment classes at CMC. She graduated from Battle Mountain High School with enough credits to enter the University of San Diego as a sophomore. CMC prepared her to excel academically –– Melissa was one of the top four students in the junior class at USD.


Terry Hunter: Extending Reknown Hospitatility

Terry Hunter: Extending Reknown Hospitatility

“CMC’s Resort Management program enjoys an excellent reputation in our region, nationally and internationally.”

Terry Hunter directs the Colorado Mountain College Resort Management Program. He and his team of instructors have built a solid reputation for hospitality education. This year he was honored by the American Hotel and Lodging Association with the prestigious Anthony G. Marshall Award as the country’s Outstanding Hospitality Educator.


Scott Sandblom: Inspiring Future Scientists

Scott Sandblom: Inspiring Future Scientists

“The CMC/Chevron partnership gives my students a better chance at success.”

Scott Sandblom is an eighth-grade science teacher. Corrie Harris is an engineer for Chevron. Scott enjoys seeing the light bulb go on in students’ heads. Through a grant from Chevron to CMC, Scott and other science teachers are learning fresh ways to teach. So more students will succeed in science-based careers like Corrie did.


Portrait of Auden Schendler, Vice-President for Sustainability at the Aspen Skiing Company.

Auden Schendler: Getting Green Done

Cover of Auden Schendler's book, "Getting Green Done."“CMC’s new program is crucial to educating leaders in this field.”

As Vice-President for Sustainability at the Aspen Skiing Company, Auden Schendler has learned what it takes to create a sustainable organization. His book, “Getting Green Done,” is used as a guide to corporate sustainability. And he says that the Colorado Mountain College bachelor’s degree is an important part of the solution.


PhD Candidate Lorene Martinez: Researching a Cure

PhD Candidate Lorene Martinez: Researching a Cure

“CMC is one of the best choices I ever made.”

Lorene Martinez had no plan. But she took one class at Colorado Mountain College. Then another. With encouragement from faculty, she realized she could continue. And she did, all the way to a Ph.D. in microbiology from Colorado State University. Now she researches new ways to detect tuberculosis.