Jay Engeln Named Colorado College Alumni, Parent Director - Colorado College

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Diane Benninghoff
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Colorado College 1974 graduate and 2003 parent named to top position

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – June 22, 2010 – Jay Engeln has been named the next director of alumni and parent relations for Colorado College, effective July 1.Engeln is a 1974 graduate of Colorado College and the parent of a 2003 graduate.

Since graduating with a degree in biology, Engeln has brought energetic and wise leadership to a broad career as an educator, coach and community builder. His passion for and commitment to Colorado College and the Colorado Springs community have remained strong since his graduation.

During the 1990s, Engeln served as the principal of Colorado Springs’ Palmer High School, where he was widely recognized as having a transformational impact. In the early 2000s he served as the founding principal of Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Since 2002, he has been in demand internationally as a speaker and educational consultant on school/business partnerships and school reform issues.

Engeln currently serves on CC’s Alumni Association Board, and he and his wife, Priscilla ’73, are members of CC’s 1874 Society. In 2000, CC awarded Engeln an honorary doctorate, and in 2006 the college inducted him into its Athletic Hall of Fame.

Engeln has served in board leadership positions in a number of organizations in the Colorado Springs community, including Colorado Springs Downtown, El Pomar Youth Sports Park and The Resource Exchange (building independence for people with developmental disabilities). He also is an instructor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

As a senior member of CC’s advancement division, Engeln adds to an already strong management team, which includes Diane Benninghoff ’68 (assistant vice president for advancement); Jay Maloney ’75 (chief development officer); Lisa Ellis ’81 (senior advancement officer and director of annual giving); Cathey Barbee (director of advancement services); and Nicole Rivet (director of foundation and agency relations).

About Colorado College
Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its 1,975 undergraduate students study one course at a time in intensive 3½-week blocks. The college also offers a master of arts in teaching degree. For more information, visit www.ColoradoCollege.edu <http://www.ColoradoCollege.edu>.