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Message to the CC Community

Dear CC Community,

I write to inform you that I will resign my position as President of Colorado College in August 2020 to become the chief executive officer of the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

Serving as your president for the past nine years has been the greatest honor and joy of my long career in higher education. While CC is envied for its distinctive Block Plan and special location, since my arrival in 2011, I have known that our greatest asset is our people. Our staff, faculty, and trustees are innovative and talented, and most importantly, they always put students and our core mission at the center of their work. Our students and alumni are independent, curious, and adventurous leaders who distinguish the college by the impact they have on the world.

In the next several months I will continue to be deeply engaged in the progress and exciting initiatives we are pursuing at the college, to ensure continuity and continued momentum.

Kevin and I are so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this special community and look forward to our continued involvement as CC parents, as both of our children will be students at the college next year. We are excited to watch CC continue to thrive in the decades to come!

With much gratitude,

Jill Tiefenthaler 


  1. Michelle Beckmann says:

    Congratulations, Jill. You will be a rockstar there as you are here. They are lucky to have you.

  2. Roger says:

    “She will become the Society’s first female chief executive officer.” Just wonderful! You’re leaving behind a much better institution than the one you encountered, and I’m sure you’ll excel in your new role. Congrats!

  3. I am teaching personal branding to your industrious and clever students this week in a half-block course and today, when news was made, the class burst open with the news and the silence was palpable…sad and happy all at once–for missing you and wishing you well. My son, Evan, is just so grateful his time here, too soon to end, has been spent under your leadership, as many of his peers expressed. As a parent, I am indebted to your vision and victory for what you’ve achieved. Nat Geo is going to be one helluva business / brand when you begin your tenure there. All good things. Meryl Holland, Parent of Student 2020

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