Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D., is Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for the Maricopa County Community College District. She works closely with the Chancellor to develop and implement the District's strategic plan; lead initiatives to enhance access and increase student success; and build the stature and recognition of the District and its ten colleges locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Harper-Marinick also provides oversight for all areas within academic and student affairs; institutional effectiveness and research; university relations and transfer; grants development; international education; high school to college pathways programs; workforce development; and small business development.
Dr. Harper-Marinick serves on several boards and councils including the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (Chair) by appointment of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders; National Community College Hispanic Council; National Advisory Board for the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE); ETS National Community College Advisory Council; American Association for Community Colleges' Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity; League for Innovation in the Community College; Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC); Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC); Arizona Public Engagement Task Force; Arizona's College and Career Readiness Partnership; Morrison Institute for Public Policy's Latino Public Policy Center Advisory Board; Morrison Institute for Public Policy's CTE Advisory Committee; Valley of the Sun United Way Financial Stability Advisory Council; Arizona Women in Higher Education Executive Board; Arizona's Latina Giving Circle; Florence Crittenton of Arizona Board; Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona Board (Board President); Arizona State University President's University Council; and Arizona Superintendent for Public Instruction's Higher Education Advisory Group and Hispanic Advisory Group.
From the Dominican Republic, Dr. Harper-Marinick came to Arizona State University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1982. She has authored scholarly articles and chapters and presented at national conferences.
Dr. Harper-Marinick has been the recipient of awards and recognition, most recently she received the 2012 Victoria Foundation's Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Service in Higher Education Award, the 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks Hispanic Community Leadership Award, the NCSPOD 2013 Chancellor Leadership Award, and a Circle of Friends Award from Aguila Youth Leadership Institute. In 2013, Dr. Harper-Marinick was selected as one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders in Arizona by the AZ Business Magazine and one of the Valley's Most Admired Leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal, and was featured in Revista Mercado (Dominican Republic), Latina Styles, International Educator, and Hispanic Executive magazines.
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick enjoys travel, music, theater, dancing, and reading. She treasures the time spent with her husband Michael and her children John and Gabrielle.