Dr. Tony Kinkel has resigned his position as president of Pikes Peak Community College, saying it is time for new challenges.

Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, announced Kinkel’s decision to step down.


“Tony has many accomplishments to his credit, and has served the college well,” she said.

He started at the PPCC in 2007. In three years, he expanded the college’s reach to Falcon, created a new partnership with a local high school, and dealt with tight budgets as the economy contracted.

“Over the past few months, I have been reflecting upon all of our accomplishments together,” he said in an email to the college staff. “I am satisfied that we accomplished what we set out to do.”

Kinkel moved to Colorado Springs to take the job, leaving his native Minnesota where he was elected to the Minnesota state House of Representatives at age 24.

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Cliff Richardson, vice president of finance and administration at the Colorado Community College System, will serve as interim president. In the coming months, CCCS will meet with college personnel and community members to determine new leadership for the community college.