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Chris Bustamante

Former President

Rio Salado College

Chris Bustamante, Ed.D., is the former president of Rio Salado College. Rio Salado is the largest of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges located in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. The college serves nearly 56,500 students annually with nearly 29,000 students online.

Bustamante previously served as the college’s interim president, vice president of community development and student services, and dean of academic affairs. He also served in senior level government affairs positions for the Maricopa County Community College District, as assistant to the superintendent for community and government relations for the Phoenix Union High School District and as legislative aide in the Arizona House of Representatives.

Bustamante is a well-known advocate for increasing access to higher education and degree completion, and for forging transformational partnerships with business, government, and other educational providers. He serves on many national and state boards.