Dr. Keith J. Cotroneo joined what was then Marshall Community & Technical College in September 2007. Since his arrival, the college has undergone the most progressive time period of growth since the institution’s inception.
Starting the with the legislative acts in 2008 that allowed us to become Mountwest Community & Technical College, the record growth in student enrollment and the expansion of the number of career tracks offered through the college.
During his tenure as president at Mountwest, Dr. Cotroneo led the successful effort to build Mountwest Community & Technical College as its own entity and establish a brand new campus for the college. In 2011, he successfully launched a $5 million student success grant through the U.S. Department of Labor, named the Beacon Project, which implemented a college-wide, team-oriented caseload model to support student goal attainment.
Dr. Cotroneo has 18 years of executive-level experience in community colleges. Prior to joining Mountwest, Dr. Cotroneo was the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Quincy College in Massachusetts. Additionally, Cotroneo served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y.; Dean of Instruction and Chief Academic Officer at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore.; Associate Dean and Assistant to the President at Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown, Md.; and Associate Dean at Hagerstown Community College.
Dr. Cotroneo received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 1976, a Master of Education from the University of Georgia in 1979, a Specialist in Education from the University of Georgia in 1985, and a Doctor of Education from the University of Georgia in 1987.