Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph. D.

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Maria_Harper_MarinickLeads initiatives to enhance access and increase student success and builds the stature and recognition of the District, locally, nationally, and internationally.  Provides leadership to academic and student affairs; university relations and transfer; grants development; high school to college pathways programs; workforce and small business development; and strategic planning.

Public education is the foundation of a democratic society. Our primary mission as educators is to ensure our students have access to learning environments that help them acquire knowledge and skills they need for a productive and engaged life.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick came to Arizona State University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1982.  She has authored scholarly articles and chapters and has been featured speaker at national conferences.  Dr. Harper-Marinick has been the recipient of several awards and recognitions; most recently she was selected as one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders in Arizona by the AZ Business Magazine and received the 2012 Victoria Foundation’s Alfredo de los Santos Service in Higher Education Award.

Dr. Harper-Marinick serves on several boards including the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance by appointment of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; National Community College Hispanic Council (President-Elect); National Advisory Board for the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE); Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leader (Chair-Elect); American Association for Community Colleges’ Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity; League for Innovation in the Community College; Corporate Voices Community College Advisory Board; Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC, Chair); Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC); Arizona Public Engagement Task Force; Arizona’s Latina Giving Circle; Florence Crittenton of Arizona; Latino Public Policy Center Advisory Board and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Committee for the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, and Arizona Women in Higher Education.

Dr. Harper-Marinick enjoys travel, music, theatre, and reading.  She treasures the time spent with her husband, Michael, and her children John and Gabrielle.

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