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Citizen Spotlight Gary Sorensen

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 4:00 am

Name: Dr. Donald “Gary” Sorensen

Occupation: Dean of students at Eastern Arizona College

Education: Associate’s degree in music and French, Eastern Arizona College; bachelor’s degree, instrumental music education major, French minor, Northern Arizona University; master of instrumental music education, Brigham Young University; doctorate of philosophy in education leadership, Brigham Young University

Hobbies or interests: bicycling, swimming, spending time with grandchildren, watching science fiction movies and reading science fiction books

Personal: Married to Bettie, three married sons and a single daughter

Q. How long have you served as dean of students?

A. I’m starting my sixth year.

Q. What are the main aspects of your job?

A. I’m responsible for the admissions and scholarship office, housing, student discipline, facility scheduling, student government and student activities. The coolest thing about my job is working with great people.

Q. What are some of the challenges you face?

A. There’s so many activities going on; it’s hard to attend all of them. There are so many incredibly positive things happening with student life; it’s hard to share all of them with the community. For example, the college was one of the sponsors of the yearly triathlon Aug. 25. The women’s basketball team and the Associated Students (student government organization) helped by counting laps at the pool and manning water stations.

Q. What other positions have you held as an educator at EAC or elsewhere?

A. I was the EAC registrar, director of enrollment and admissions counselor, and before that, I was the band director. I was the band director at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and before that, I was the band director at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. I was the graduate assistant director of the Cougar Marching Band at BYU. I was also the music teacher at Pima Schools. That was my first job. I also served on the Thatcher School Board from 2004 through 2008.

Q. If you couldn’t be a college dean, what type of job would you like?

A. I think I’d like to be a radio personality or a TV personality.

Contributed by Diane Saunders



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