On Thursday, September 11, The Utah Board of Regents announced the election of Dr. Deneece Huftalin as the new president of Salt Lake Community College by unanimous vote.
The vote took place in the Oak Room of the Student Center, located at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The room was filled with SLCC staff, faculty, deans of the college, students, and student leaders.
After everyone was settled, the head of the Utah Board of Regents, Daniel W. Campbell, introduced those involved with the search committee and gave a brief overview of how the previous president, Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, resigned to accept a job as president for Florida State College.
France A. Davis, Chair of the Search Committee, nominated Deneece Huftalin for President of the College. Jesslie B. Anderson then seconded this, upon which Campbell asked for those in favor and was met with a roomful of “ayes”, making it a unanimous decision.
“I am thrilled and honored to continue leading Salt Lake Community College,” said Huftalin. “I am eager to resume working with the trustees, faculty, administration, staff and students, and to continue our efforts to make SLCC a premier comprehensive community college.”
Huftalin has worked here at SLCC for more than 22 years.
Huftalin began her work as the Director of Academic and Career Advising in 1992. Two years later, she was named Dean of Students. In 2004, she accepted the role of Vice President of Student Services and then took on the role of Interim President when Bioteau left last year.
Huftalin plans to work hard to improve student outcomes by working to meet the diverse student body needs.
“I will do my best to ensure that Salt Lake Community College remains an inclusive, student-centered institution where individuals from diverse backgrounds can receive a high-quality, affordable education,” said Huftalin.