Deneece G. Huftalin, PhD
Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin was named the eighth President of Salt Lake Community College in September 2014 and feels privileged to have served SLCC students, faculty, and staff for more than two decades.
In her time at SLCC, Dr. Huftalin has worked collaboratively with faculty and staff to strengthen high-impact practices, learning outcomes, and inclusivity initiatives, and has led Collegewide strategic priority and assessment efforts. Prior to her current role, Dr. Huftalin served as the Interim President, Vice President of Student Services, Dean of Students, and Director of Academic and Career Advising. Before joining SLCC in 1992, Dr. Huftalin held positions at William Rainey Harper College, Northwestern University, the University of Utah, and the Institute for Shipboard Education.
As President, Dr. Huftalin's goals are to significantly increase student completion and transfer rates and to work closely with industry leaders to strengthen SLCC's responsiveness to workforce needs. She is inspired by the Sarah Ban Breathnach quote: "The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do." For Dr. Huftalin, the quote reflects her desire to think big about what our world can be and then to go about making that happen in one's own space. "It's a nice marriage between invention and creativity and the daily work of making the world a better place—really making it better, not just talking about it," said Dr. Huftalin. "You can't just talk about that—you need to roll up your sleeves and do it."
Dr. Huftalin teaches in the Education, Leadership, and Policy program at the University of Utah and serves on a number of community boards and councils including for the Salt Lake Chamber, EDCUtah, YWCA Utah, Utah Campus Compact, United Way of Salt Lake, Sandy Area Chamber, and Women's Leadership Institute. She is also the current presidential sponsor for the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN).
Dr. Huftalin and her husband Tim are the parents of two sons, Max and Eli.
Dr. Huftalin earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, a master's degree from UCLA, and a doctorate in Education, Leadership, and Policy from the University of Utah.
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