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NAU President John Haeger stands between CCC President Leah Bornstein and Patrick Hurley, chair of the district Governing Board, as he displays his award.

In between conferring degrees for 3,200 graduates of Northern Arizona University on Friday, NAU President John Haeger visited Coconino Community College to receive an honor of his own.

Haeger was presented with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his support and advocacy for community colleges, including his involvement in the creation of CCC2NAU.

CCC’s Distinguished Service Award is chosen by a committee of community volunteers and bestowed upon individuals who exemplify leadership and service in support of the college.

“I am delighted to be a partner with Coconino Community College and deeply honored to receive this award,” Haeger said. “The cooperative efforts between community colleges and universities are pivotal to the goal of increasing the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to students each year.”

In April, Haeger and CCC President Leah Bornstein signed an agreement granting students shared access to library services through NAU Cline Library.

“It has been and continues to be a pleasure to work with John,” Bornstein said. “His willingness to explore new and different partnership ideas between CCC and NAU exemplifies his commitment to student access and success.”

Since its inception in 2008, CCC2NAU has served as a means of seamless transition for more than 300 students seeking transfer between the college and university. The number of enrolled students is expected to exceed 400 for the fall semester and graduate its initial participants from NAU in December.

Similar to CCC2NAU, YC2NAU is currently enrolling its first students for fall classes at Yavapai College. NAU’s newest extended campus, NAU-Yavapai will commence year-round classes for three degree programs in the fall.