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Board president of Gila Community College, Larry Stephenson, is shooting for “realistic goals” in his one-year term.

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New GCC president paying a debt to higher education

Larry Stephenson hopes he can help community college board gain control of finances and move toward independence

Larry Stephenson, the new board president of Gila Community College (GCC) hopes he brings accountability and transparency to the once conflict-ridden board during his tenure. “My term only lasts one year,” he said, “I have to be realistic about what I can do.” By state statute, GCC must elect new officers every year. Stephenson says he’s not sure he will get re-elected, so he’s shooting for “realistic goals.” Stephenson got involved with the community college in part to repay the debt he had to a community college that gave him a second chance, that ultimately led to earning an advanced degree in geology.

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