Dr. Richard Durán currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Chavez / Huerta K12 Preparatory Academy in Pueblo, Colorado.
Dr. Durán has dedicated his career to ensuring student access and success via development of student centered high performance organizations. He has held faculty positions at the undergraduate and graduate level and administrative positions at community and technical colleges and universities, including serving as the President of Oxnard College in the Ventura County Community College District in southern California; founding President of Tohono O’odham Community College, a tribal college in southern Arizona; President of Pima Community College’s Desert Vista Campus in Tucson, Arizona as well as the positions of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development, Vice President of Instruction, Dean of Education and Academic Services and Director of Chicano Studies and Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
A native of Colorado, Dr. Durán earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from Adams State University and an Ed.D in Educational Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Durán had been active throughout his career as a civic leader, and works effectively with local and state government leaders and organizations. Currently he serves on a number of professional organizations and also makes a point of continuing his professional development such as completing Harvard University’s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education and the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents.
Dr. Durán was the first in his family to attend college, and is grateful that he is in a position to help new generations of learners enter and succeed in meeting their respective educational goal.