I am not here to make friends. I am here to get the job done.

Maria Harper-Marinick

Risk-taking, problem-solving and openness to change are all qualities exemplified by Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, chancellor of the Maricopa Community College District. Marinick, who oversees 200,000 students, nearly 10,000 faculty and staff members across 10 colleges, has 20 years of experience in the Maricopa Community College system. She is right where she wants to be, having dreamed of being in education since age five. The goal of changing someone’s life for the better keeps her passionate and focused.

As a mentor, she teaches self-awareness and personal reflection as keys to success and empowerment. Helping abused children and becoming a court appointed special advocate are on her bucket list.

Celebrate outstanding women in business attend the 29th Annual ATHENA Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Posted by Danny Imes