Meet Deneece Huftalin, PhDPresident, Salt Lake Community College
Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin was named the eighth President of Salt Lake Community College in September 2014 and feels privileged to have served SLCC students, faculty, and staff for more than two decades.
In her tenure as President, Dr. Huftalin has launched a Collegewide strategic planning cycle which has produced a new vision, mission, values, and strategic goals for the College. Dr. Huftalin is leading efforts to strengthen completion rates, transfer pathways, workforce responsiveness, and equity in student access and completion. Dr. Huftalin has also encouraged an environment of innovation and has challenged staff and faculty to “Deep Six” redundant or archaic processes, embrace emerging pedagogies such as Open Educational Resources (OER) and Competency Based Education (CBE), and to situate SLCC as a model for inclusive and transformative education.
Dr. Huftalin has taught in the Education, Leadership, and Policy program at the University of Utah and serves on a number of community boards and committees including for the Salt Lake Chamber, EDCUtah, and Envision Utah. Nationally, Dr. Huftalin serves as a commissioner and Executive Committee member for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and as a trustee for LeaderShape.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Huftalin served as the Interim President, Vice President of Student Services, Dean of Students, and Director of Academic and Career Advising. Before joining SLCC in 1992, Dr. Huftalin held positions at William Rainey Harper College, Northwestern University, the University of Utah, Stanford University, and the Institute for Shipboard Education.
Dr. Huftalin and her husband Tim are the parents of two sons, Max and Eli. Dr. Huftalin earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, a master’s degree from UCLA, and a doctorate in Education, Leadership, and Policy from the University of Utah.