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Chris Bustamante, President

Chris Bustamante, Ed.D., serves as the president of Rio Salado College, the largest of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges located in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. The college serves nearly 56,500 students annually with nearly 29,000 students online.

Dr. Bustamante is a well-known advocate for increasing access to higher education and degree completion, and for forging transformational partnerships with business, government and other educational providers.

Dr. Bustamante was appointed president of Rio Salado College in June 2010 after serving as the college’s interim president, vice president of community development and student services, and  dean of academic affairs. Previously, he served in senior level government affairs positions for the Maricopa County Community College District, as the  assistant to the superintendent for community and government relations for the Phoenix Union High School District and as a legislative aide in the Arizona House of Representatives.

He serves on many national and state boards. For a full list of Dr. Bustamante’s board associations, please click here.

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