Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community Colleges, has been named one of the most influential Hispanic business leaders in Arizona by AZ Business Magazine. As the executive vice chancellor and provost, Harper-Marinick is chief academic and student officer for more than 265,000 students who attend each year.

She oversees curriculum; academic research/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.

Harper-Marinick serves on many national and local boards and advisory committees. She 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.

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