Dr. Leah BornsteinDr. Leah L. Bornstein

Dr. Leah L. Bornstein has dedicated more than 25 years to higher education as both an instructor and administrator. Throughout her career she has advocated for student success, higher quality instruction, better access to education and higher enrollment and completion rates.

Appointed in 2007 as President of Coconino Community College (CCC), Dr. Bornstein oversees three campuses and four outreach centers located throughout Coconino County where more than 450 full and part-time employees serve approximately 10,000 learners annually.

 In just five years, Dr. Bornstein’s leadership led to a 20 percent increase in enrollment, a budget restructure that improved long-term financial stability recovering from a 30 percent budget reduction, and CCC’s continued accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, which involved a two-year evaluation process. 

She also initiated several programs that have earned the College national recognition, including its Sustainable Financial Plan, which is being used as a model by community colleges across the country facing state funding cuts, and for its joint admission program CCC2NAU, which helps students seamlessly transition from CCC to Northern Arizona University (NAU). In 2011, CCC was also ranked as one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country by Community College Week.

Dr. Bornstein was also instrumental in pioneering several other relationships with NAU, including the 2010 Cline Library merger to allow CCC students and faculty to use its services, and a reverse transfer program where former CCC students can complete their associate’s degree at NAU while earning their bachelor’s degree as well as many community partnerships strengthening the economic vitality of the Coconino County community.

Dr. Bornstein’s work has captured the attention of natiional organizations where she holds leadership positions with Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), American Council of Education (ACE), and Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE).

Prior to her CCC presidency, Dr. Bornstein served as CEO of Colorado Mountain College’s Summit Campus from 2003 to 2007; Chief Academic Officer of Lamar Community College in Colorado from 2002 to 2003; and Vice President for Instruction at Higher Colleges of Technology-Center for Education Research & Training in Abu Dhabi from 2000 to 2001.

Dr. Bornstein is a prominent speaker within the higher education community and has given presentations on budget strategies, women in higher education, partnerships between community colleges and universities and effective training strategies.

Dr. Bornstein is also a published author and has written or contributed to more than a dozen articles and research papers about leadership, enrollment and quality teaching for the American Council on Education, Northern Arizona University and the University of Bahrain Press, among others.