Maricopa Community Colleges


2012 Sep 25


TEMPE, AZ – September 20, 2012 – Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the Maricopa Community Colleges, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, she will serve a four-year term. The U.S. Congress created the Committee in 1986 to provide advice and counsel on student aid policy and to make recommendations that will result in the maintenance of access for low- and middle-income students. Members are experts in higher education and student aid policy, and are appointed by Congress and the Secretary of Education.

As the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Dr. Harper-Marinick is the chief academic and student officer for more than 270,000 students who attend a Maricopa Community College each year. She oversees: curriculum, academic research and assessment, student affairs, strategic planning and institutional effectiveness, university relations, transfer and articulation, grants development and management, international education, faculty professional growth and development, high-school-to-college pathways and outreach programs, workforce development, and small business development.

Dr. Harper-Marinick serves on national and local boards and advisory committees including:

  • Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center, Chair
  • National Community College Hispanic Council, President-Elect
  • Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, Chair-Elect
  • American Association for Community Colleges’ Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
  • American College & University President’s Climate Commitment-Academic Committee
  • Arizona Business and Education Coalition
  • Arizona Higher Education Engagement and Communication Committee for PARCC
  • Arizona Public Engagement Task Force
  • Corporate Voices Community College Advisory Board
  • Florence Crittenton of Arizona; Getting Ahead Arizona, Policy Review Committee
  • Latino Advisory Committee and CTE Advisory Committee for the Morrison Institute for Public Policy
  • League for Innovation in the Community College

Dr. Harper-Marinick came to Arizona in 1982 as a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Media from Arizona State University and a Licentiate in School Administration and Pedagogy from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in the Dominican Republic. Read her complete biography online at

To read more about the U.S. Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, visit