CMC Breckenridge, Dillon campuses welcome new VP Dave Askeland |

CMC Breckenridge, Dillon campuses welcome new VP Dave Askeland

Courtesy/Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College’s Breckenridge and Dillon campuses have a new vice president, according to a CMC news release.

Dave Askeland was named to the position Friday, but the new vice president is neither new to the college nor to the position. For the last year Askeland has been serving as interim vice president for CMC in Breckenridge and Dillon.

“I am very pleased that Dave Askeland has agreed to be the head of our campus in Summit County,” said Dr. Charles R. Dassance, interim president of Colorado Mountain College, in the release. “As an interim in that role, he demonstrated his ability to provide strong leadership to both campus and community. I am confident that Dave will be an effective advocate for what is needed to serve our students and county.”

Askeland has been with CMC for the last 12 years, serving in numerous teaching and administrative roles during his tenure. He was an adjunct instructor, instructional supervisor and director of operations at the college’s locations in Breckenridge and Dillon, and served CMC college-wide as director of developmental education, the release stated.

Before joining CMC, Askeland was the country director for World Hope, a non-governmental organization working on relief and development in Azerbaijan.

“I’ve always been excited to work at CMC with such an amazing group of students, staff and faculty,” Askeland said in the release. “We have the opportunity to change students’ lives and to help them fulfill their dreams.”

For the last year Askeland said the campus has been working on a number of projects, including the expansion of its community gardens, peer mentoring for instructors and the creation of community partnerships for upper-level internships.

The campus will host the annual Collective Biodiesel Conference Aug. 15-18. The conference, held at the college’s Breckenridge building, will attract biodiesel leaders from around the country and is open to Colorado Mountain College students and the public.

“We will continue to work on new projects for student success,” Askeland said in the release. “Our campus has provided and continues to provide exceptional educational opportunities for students from our community, the Front Range and around the country.”

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