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 nearly three decades.

In her tenure as President, Dr. Huftalin has launched a Collegewide strategic planning cycle which has produced a new vision, mission, values, and strategic goals for the College. Dr. Huftalin is leading efforts to strengthen completion rates, transfer pathways, workforce responsiveness, and equity in student access and completion. Dr. Huftalin has also encouraged an environment of innovation and has challenged staff and faculty to “Deep Six” redundant or archaic processes, embrace emerging pedagogies such as Open Educational Resources (OER) and Competency Based Education (CBE), and to situate SLCC as a model for inclusive and transformative education.

Under Dr. Huftalin’s leadership, the College opened a state-of-the art Westpointe Workforce Training and Education Center designed to spark industry partnerships and strengthen access to relevant workforce training across the county. Focused on training for high demand jobs, the facility offers programs in composites manufacturing, diesel technology, welding, truck driving and other fields.

An advocate for the role of community colleges, Dr. Huftalin is determined to keep the cost of higher education low, to provide access to under-represented students, and to ensure that all who have a desire to improve their life through education can find success at SLCC.

Dr. Huftalin has taught in the Education, Leadership, and Policy program at the University of Utah and serves on several community boards and committees including the Salt Lake Chamber, EDCUtah, Envision Utah, the Women's Leadership Institute, and the Intermountain Community Care Foundation. Nationally, Dr. Huftalin serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Salt Lake City Branch Board of Directors, the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration Steering Committee, the LeaderShape Board of Trustees, and has served as a commissioner and Executive Committee member for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

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, Stanford University, and the Institute for Shipboard Education.

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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