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Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick is Chancellor of the Maricopa Community College District, one of the largest community college systems in the nation. She oversees operations for the system, which serves 200,000 students and nearly 10,000 faculty and staff members across 10 colleges (Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain), a Corporate College, two skills centers (Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center) and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes. In addition, Dr. Harper-Marinick sets the vision for the higher educational institution’s strategic plan, guides policy development, and oversees initiatives and outcomes related to workforce, economic and community development; civic and global engagement; and increasing student success.
Nationally, Dr. Harper-Marinick has served on the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance by appointment of U.S. Secretary of Education; National Community College Hispanic Council (2016-18 President); National Advisory Board for the Center for Community College Student Engagement; ETS National Community College Advisory Council; Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders; Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, American Association of Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and she is a member of the Higher Learning Commission Peer Corps.
Dr. Harper-Marinick is an active community member serving as a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership; the Board of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Governor’s Workforce Arizona Council – Quality Workforce Committee; Expect More Arizona; Arizona Business and Education Coalition; Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s Latino Public Policy Center Advisory Board and Morrison CTE Advisory Board; Phoenix Thriving Together Leadership Council; and The Global Pathways Institute. She is a Distinguished Associate of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.
Dr. Harper-Marinick has been the recipient of various awards. In 2015, she was selected as the Woman of the Year by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; was featured in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 women who have made a difference in the world by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges and exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills; and was selected to join the 2015 class of the Aspen Institute’s Ascend Fellows. She was awarded the 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks Hispanic Community Leadership Award, the NCSPOD 2013 Chancellor Leadership Award, and the 2012 Victoria Foundation’s Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Service in Higher Education Award. In 2014, Dr. Harper-Marinick was selected as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business by the AZ Business Magazine, highlighted by the Phoenix Business Journal in their Executive Profiles, and featured in International Educator as “Women Making Their Marks.” In 2013 she was selected as one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders in Arizona by the AZ Business Magazine and one of the Valley’s Most Admired Leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal, and was featured in Revista Mercado, Latina Styles, International Educator, and Hispanic Executive magazines.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Harper-Marinick came to Arizona State University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1982. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Media from Arizona State University and a Licentiate in School Administration and Pedagogy from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in the Dominican Republic. She has authored scholarly articles and chapters and presented at national conferences.