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Honoring the Past – Innovating for the Future

Chris Bustamante Chris Bustamante, Ed. D. President

In 1978, Rio Salado College challenged the limits of tradition by creating innovative ways to meet the needs of non-traditional students who would not otherwise have access to a college education. Today, the college has served more than 665,000 students, with more than 270,000 taking classes online. In addition, RSC has awarded nearly 100,500 degrees and certificates over the past four decades.

We credit our success to the vision and leadership of early pioneers who were willing to break down the traditional barriers of space and time. We also appreciate the many contributions of our education, government and business partners who have helped us serve students through student-centric delivery models.

I invite you to join us at a 40th Anniversary Reunion where we will celebrate our history, our partnerships and the limitless accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff. Proceeds from the event will fund student scholarships and community-based initiatives. I look forward to a memorable evening as we honor the past and look forward to the future.

Thank you for your consideration,


Chris Bustamante, Ed.D.
President