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Dorothy Horrell 2008 Alumni of the Plains



Dorothy Horrell joined the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation as Executive Director in January 2001 and was elected its President in September 2002.  The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is the 12th largest private foundation in Colorado and focuses its philanthropy throughout the state in the areas of arts and culture, community service, and science and medicine.  Among the interests of the Foundation are assisting nonprofit organizations pursue excellence through innovative, entrepreneurial practices and investing in leadership development for promising leaders.

This appointment followed Dr. Horrell’s retirement as President of the Community Colleges of Colorado, a system of thirteen two-year public colleges that serve over a quarter of a million students each year.  This system is recognized for being an essential partner in the state’s economic development strategy and for its role as the gateway to higher education for the majority of Coloradans.  Her 27-year career as an educator also includes serving as President of Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado.  During her tenure there, the college carried out a $14 million expansion and renovation of its main campus, established a second campus, increased its total enrollment by over 25%, and underwent a comprehensive transformation as a “learning-centered college.”  Dr. Horrell’s resume also includes a number of administrative and teaching positions at the high school and college levels.  She has been active in policy development at the local, state, and federal levels and is currently serving on Governor Bill Ritter’s P-20 Education Council.

Dr. Horrell is a native of Holyoke, Colorado and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Colorado State University.  She has served in leadership positions on a number of civic and nonprofit boards and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Exempla Healthcare, First National Bank of Colorado, Colorado Association of Funders and Arrupe Jesuit High School.  Dr. Horrell and her husband, Ted, live in Wheat Ridge and are the parents of Meghan, who is pursuing graduate studies.

Contact information:

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
1601 Arapahoe Street, Suite 500
Denver, CO  80202
303-825-3774 (phone)
303-825-0802 (fax)

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