Ed Ray has been named interim president of Pikes Peak Community College. He is currently the interim vice president of instruction at the Community College of Aurora.

The announcement was made Friday by  Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System. 

Ray replaces Cliff Richardson, CCCS vice-president for Finance and Administration, who has been filling in at PPCC.

Former PPCC President Tony Kinkel resigned Sept. 16 after 3 1/2 years on the job, catching the education community off guard.

McCallin stated that  Ray’s “familiarity with PPCC and extensive background with the system will provide strong leadership and continuity for the college as we conduct our search for the permanent president.”

Ray has  worked in the Colorado Community College System for 37 years.  He has been the Vice President of Educational Services at PPCC for 18 years, was 
associate vice president for instructional services at CCCS for 4 years, and served as an instructor, the dean of general studies, interim president, and dean of instruction at Morgan Community College.

CCCS will advertise for candidates in national and local publications. A search committe will select finalists, and  McCallin and the state college system's  board will appoint a new president.