The Maricopa Community Colleges announced that Chris Haines, M.Ed. will serve as the Interim President of Scottsdale Community College (SCC) after current President Dr. Jan Gehler retires in early August. Ms. Haines previously served as the Interim President of Phoenix College and brings more than 30 years of higher education experience to her new role.
A native of Zion, Illinois, Haines has been working within the Maricopa County Community College District since 1989, starting at Mesa Community College. She has served in a variety of capacities during her time at the District, including leadership roles as the Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs at Phoenix College.
SCC serves nearly 10,000 full and part-time students each year. Offering unique academic programs like culinary arts, film, theatre, and equine science, students can earn one of 60 certificates, choose from more than 100 associate degree programs, or build transfer credits.
“We are pleased that Ms. Haines has agreed to serve as the Interim President of Scottsdale Community College. She will be an invaluable asset once Dr. Gehler retires in August,” stated Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor at the Maricopa County Community College District. “We will work closely and collaboratively with Ms. Haines to ensure a smooth transition and success during her interim tenure, as well as during the search process to identify the permanent president of the college.”
Haines is not only a dedicated higher education administrator but also a lifelong learner. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership/Higher Education at NAU. Read her full bio.