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Vail residents establish faculty chair at college

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Vail, CO Colorado
Vail resident Doe Browning (left) and her husband Carl Colby (not pictured) have established the first distinguished chair for faculty at Colorado Mountain College. The first recipient is Assistant Professor Joe Crutcher (right), who teaches EMS at the campus in Edwards. Photo Kate Lapides

EDWARDS, Colorado – Vail residents and philanthropists Doe Browning and Carl Colby have established the first distinguished chair for faculty at Colorado Mountain College.

The fund administered by the college will support faculty development and classroom leadership at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. Assistant Professor Joe Crutcher, who teaches emergency medical services at the campus, was named the first recipient of the Browning-Colby Distinguished Chair for Classroom Leadership.

“We believe that Colorado Mountain College has played, and must continue to play, a vital role in educating Vail Valley residents across all demographics,” Browning said. “Establishing opportunities for the pursuit of college degrees will develop and sustain a high standard and quality of life for everyone living and working in this special community.”

Through the Browning-Colby Chair, the college will be able to recruit, retain, reward and recognize a number of quality faculty members at the campus over the next five to 10 years.

In recognition of their faculty investment, the donors have also been provided naming rights to the emergency services simulation area in the new academic center nearing completion at the Edwards campus. The Browning-Colby Simulation Room houses a replica ambulance and provides a variety of training simulations for EMS students.

“One of the great things about our current comprehensive campaign is that with an investment in the human capital of Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Edwards, we are in a position to offer traditional capital naming rights because the physical structure of the campus has been funded from college reserves,” said Matt Spencer, chief executive officer of the CMC Foundation. “It is a way to recognize our donors in a very permanent and lasting way.”

Crutcher said the distinguished faculty chair will allow him to complete his master’s degree in adult education at Colorado State University. He also plans to pursue a doctorate in community college leadership. The full-time faculty member said the funds will support his goals for a lengthy career at the college, personal enrichment and an improved ability to communicate with students.

“Joe is one of our stars,” said the chief executive officer of the Edwards campus, Dr. Peggy Curry, “and we want to be sure that he has the professional development resources necessary to continue to grow in his field, conduct research, publish best practices and teach Colorado Mountain College’s students for many years to come. We are so thankful for Doe and Carl’s investment in the future of our faculty, which is in essence an investment in the future of our students.”

The married couple’s donation was the first in the CMC Foundation’s current Heart of Higher Education campaign, which will officially kick off in conjunction with a July 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 36,000-square-foot academic center.

“The body of the Edwards campus is now in place, but we are in need of investments in intellectual capital – through faculty chairs, student scholarships and new academic programs – to give the campus, at the heart of the college’s district, its heartbeat within,” Spencer said.

Browning and Colby’s support of the college’s EMS program, faculty and students grew from a personal connection. Their daughter, Maxene, transferred to Colorado Mountain College from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia to complete the EMT course taught by Crutcher.

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