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Dr. Leah L. Bornstein, CEO/President
Dr. Leah L. Bornstein, CEO/President

About CEO/President Dr. Leah L. Bornstein

Dr. Leah L. Bornstein has dedicated more than 30 years to higher education in a variety of leadership and management roles. Dr. Bornstein has degrees from Bradford College and the University of Vermont as well as a doctorate from the University of Denver and an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University. 

Since joining Aims Community College, Dr. Bornstein has led the college through the creation and implementation of a five-year aggressive strategic plan, continued accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, developed new partnerships with business and industry, established the Aims2UNC transition program and supported design and construction projects including the Public Safety Institute, Applied Technology & Trades Center, Flight Training Center, Welcome Center, Student Commons and classroom buildings to house expansion of programs.

Dr. Bornstein’s lifelong commitment to higher education includes: 

  • CEO/President of Coconino Community College in Arizona
  • CEO of Colorado Mountain College, Summit County Campus
  • Chief Academic Officer at Lamar Community College
  • Vice President of Instruction at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Center for Education Research and Training in Abu Dhabi
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs at University College at the University of Denver


Dr. Bornstein also participates in national boards and commissions where she has held officer and leadership positions.

As an avid world traveler and lover of the outdoors, Dr. Bornstein has lived in or visited more than five countries. Some of her more remote adventures include kayaking Antarctica and the Arctic Circle and trekking the Himalayas, China, Egypt, Africa, Europe and New Zealand. She and her husband, Joe Findley, enjoy exploring the globe through photography.

President Inauguration

Dr. Leah Bornstein was inaugurated as Aims Community College’s sixth president on January 29, 2016.

Passion, Pride, Promise - Dr. Bornstein's Inauguration