The purpose of the Rio Salado College President’s Advisory Council is to create a mutually beneficial relationship between Rio Salado and the business and community leaders who, as advisory council members, serve as advocates of the college.
Members share their insights concerning trends, opportunities, collaborative partnerships, and Rio Salado’s strategic initiatives. Council members network with peers, become connected with the college, and increase their awareness of the value of Rio Salado and its programs.
Advisory council members are representative of Rio Salado’s partnerships with employers, community-based organizations, state and municipal agencies, and other educational institutions.
This diverse constituency provides the president and executive team with perspectives related to the college’s strategic priorities, helps identify new opportunities and markets, and provides advice and assistance related to external challenges and political issues.
The advisory council meets twice per year. Each meeting agenda includes a college update presented by the president, features a college initiative or partnership program presented by a member of the Rio team or an advisory council member, and is followed by a focused question and answer discussion.
Advisory Council Members
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Bill Gates and members of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation visit with Rio Salado College President, Dr. Chris Bustamante, and members of his advisory council, November, 2014. Photo credit: (c) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Mark Makela
Left to Right: Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gate Foundation; Michelle R. Dionisio, President’s Advisory Council (PAC) member and CEO, Benevilla; Dr. James Mohan, PAC member and training director, United Services Automobile Association (USAA); Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Gary Trujillo, PAC member and president, Southwest Harvard Group Venture Capital; Dr. Kenneth Baca, PAC member and superintendent, Tempe Union High School District; Steve Yamamori, PAC member and manager of community affairs, Arizona Public Service; Allan C. Golston, president, United States Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Doug Small, PAC member and director of strategic partnerships, Northern Arizona University; and Dr. Chris Bustamante, president, Rio Salado College.