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, and two skills centers.
Chancellor 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), American Council on Education, League for Innovation in the Community College, and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. She is also an active community member in Arizona serving on the boards of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Valley of the Sun United Way among others.
Dr. Harper-Marinick has been the recipient of various awards and recognition, including 2017 Woman of the Year Award from Valley Leadership, 2016 Athena Award – Public Sector, 2015 Woman of the Year award from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She 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 2015-16 class of the Aspen Institute’s Ascend Fellows.