The Colorado Community College System has announced the selection of Mordecai Brownlee as the next president of the Community College of Aurora. Dr. Brownlee will assume the presidency on July 15, 2021.
The Community College of Aurora enrolls nearly 8,600 students according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 17 percent of the student body.
“I am immensely grateful to serve this distinguished institution as its president,” said Dr. Brownlee. “Raised by a single mother who was an educator, I learned first-hand the importance of faith, hard work, sacrifice, and the responsibility we have as educators to empower the minds and lives of students through equitable learning environments and ample student support. CCA is an institution that has embraced this charge and as its president, every day I will be committed to serving as an example of the institution’s mission in action.”
Dr. Brownlee has been serving as vice president for student success at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas. Earlier, he held positions at the University of Charleston in West Virginia, Blinn College District in Texas, and Houston Baptist University.
Dr. Brownlee holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and political science and a master’s degree in human resource management from Houston Baptist University. He earned a doctorate in higher education leadership and administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.