David P. Eppich has served as vice president for student services since July 2005. He came to San Juan College from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., where he most recently served as assistant to the president for external affairs. During his 25 years at Fort Lewis, Eppich was director of developmental projects and special assistant to the president, director of the college union and student activities, and coach of the men’s club soccer team. During his early career he was manager of housing services and residence director at the University of New Mexico.
Eppich earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of New Mexico and his master’s of science in management from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. He is a graduate of Farmington High School.
Eppich has been active in economic development in the Four Corners, and formerly served as chair of the Colorado Region Nine Economic Development Board of Directors. He has served the community of Durango in various capacities and been honored for his leadership by numerous organizations.
Vice President for Learning
Dr. Barbara Ake joined San Juan College as the new Vice President for Learning, June 24, 2013.
Prior to coming to San Juan College, Dr. Ake served as the Dean of Natural Sciences and Health Sciences at San Jacinto College, South Campus in Houston, Texas. She has also served as the Chief Academic Officer at Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Canton, Ohio, and as the Provost for the Health Sciences Campus at Brevard Community College.
She earned a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University and her master’s degree in health care administration from Central Michigan University.
Along with a strong academic background and experience in higher education, Dr. Ake brings several years of experience in both regional and program accreditation. In addition, she has extensive experience in building teams that serve both the college and community interests.
As the Vice President for Learning, Dr. Ake is responsible for the supervision of the deans for the College’s six schools, which include the Schools of Business; Energy; Health Science; Humanities; Science, Math and Engineering; and Trades and Technology. The duties include planning, development, implementation and evaluation of instructional programs.
Vice President for Administrative Services
Russell Litke became vice president for administrative services at San Juan College on August 8, 2011, previously serving the College as controller since May 2010. Prior to that role, he was chief financial officer and controller at Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI). Litke received his master’s of business administration degree from California State University in 1997. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from California State, as well as an associate’s degree in business administration and accounting from Modesto Jr. College, in Modesto, Calif.
In the position, Litke is responsible for the college’s budget and finance operations, monitoring and reporting financial analyses to the president and board of trustees, and supervisory oversight of the College’s Bookstore, Business Office, Copy Services, Finance and Investments, Locksmith, Mailroom, Motor Pool, Physical Plant, Purchasing, Risk Management, and Shipping and Receiving departments.
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