Swoop and 5th Grade
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 president, she brings the vision and energy to lead the College to greater heights.
President's Statement Regarding Colorado Springs Shooting
November 21, 2022
Following yet another act of violence in another community in our state, we find ourselves searching for ways to express our anger, sympathies and grief. The events over the weekend in Colorado Springs have rocked our collective sense of humanity and safety, no more so than for our LBGTQ+ friends, family and neighbors.
In the face of this latest tragedy, and on behalf of the entire Colorado Mountain College community, we must — once again — find ways to speak and act with our hearts. To lead with kindness and love. To lean in to support others. To treat every person with grace and respect. To denounce hate. Together, we will continue to create the conditions that lead to equity, opportunity and hope for everyone.
Carrie Besnette Hauser, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Colorado Mountain College
News / Publications / Interviews / Presentations
University of Arizona Alumni Interview
Cats in the Corner Office: speaker series features UA alumna Dr. HauserWatch the University of Arizona video
Higher Ed on Shaky Ground
Watch President Hauser’s interview during the 2022 Aspen Ideas FestivalWatch the video
CMC’s innovation, grit land big results for western Colorado
Reflecting on cultural heritage and land stewardship
Reflecting on history and walking as one in a new year
Black-footed ferret release aided by CPW’s partnerships with agriculture
How the Colorado Parks & Wildlife's work with its federal and state partners illustrates the agency’s dedication to wildlife conservation and the Mays’ commitment to preserving habitat and wildlife, all done in the context of a historic working ranch.Read the President's Post Independent column
Colorado Mountain College president found her dream job
Colorado Parks & Wildlife in service to the public’s trust
"Trust and understanding are powerful antidotes to division and bridges to solutions and compromise."Read the President's Post Independent opinion
Fall 2021 Faculty In-Service and Welcome: Resilience and Purpose
Lessons from climbing Mt. Rainier, President Hauser pays tribute to CMC’s Past, President and Future.Watch Dr. Hauser's Presentation
CMC: Hispanic Serving Institution
The federal government designated CMC as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2021 after years of deliberate efforts to grow CMC’s student body to be 25% or more Latino.Learn more about the HSI Designation
President’s Statement on the Tragic Events in Atlanta and Boulder
Dueling Purpose: Can The Dual-Mission College Change Higher Education?
Forbes conducts a Q&A with Dr. Hauser discussing the growing importance of dual-mission colleges.Read the Forbes Q&A
‘No Barriers’ Podcast with Erik Weihenmayer
Noted explorer interviews Dr. Hauser about CMC Responds and how colleges must be adaptable.Listen: No Barriers Podcast
A Time to Reflect on What College Should Be
Carrie Hauser and Jamie Merisotis (Lumina Foundation) write in “Inside Higher Ed” about the long-term survival of colleges.Read the Inside Higher Ed article
Rwanda, Uganda, and UAE
Inspired to #ListenThinkAct.Read President's reflections
Watch: Lessons from climbing Mt. Rainier, President Hauser pays tribute to CMC’s Past, President and Future.
Colorado Mountain College President’s Advisory Council
CMC Foundation Board Member and Carbondale philanthropist Jim Calaway founded the CMC President’s Advisory Council (previously called the Board of Overseers) in 2012. His vision was to launch and sustain a selective group of advisors who care about and support CMC’s mission, and to establish a thought-provoking, dynamic forum to help guide the college to further excellence.