President's Profile

Chris Bustamante, President, Rio Salado College

Chris Bustamante, Ed.D., serves as President of Rio Salado College, the largest in headcount of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges located in metropolitan Phoenix, and the largest public online community college in the nation. Rio Salado serves approximately 70,000 students annually, including more than 43,000 online students.

Dr. Bustamante was appointed to his position 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 Community College District.

Dr. Bustamante is well-known as an advocate for increasing access to higher education. He has forged transformational partnerships with business, government, and other educational providers while working for Rio Salado College. In addition, Dr. Bustamante currently serves as an adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University in the Master’s of Educational Leadership Program.

Before joining the Maricopa Community College District, Dr. Bustamante served 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.

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