Maria Harper-Marinick, who had been the interim chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona, was permanently appointed to the position on Wednesday, according to The Arizona Republic.
Harper-Marinick is succeeding Rufus Glasper, who had served as chancellor for 13 years before announcing his retirement. Prior to her appointment, Harper-Marinick was Maricopa's second-highest-ranking administrator. She had been the district's executive vice chancellor and provost since 2010.
Maricopa is one of the country's largest community college systems but has faced recent funding challenges after the state completely cut funding to the district last year.
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