Thursday, October 4, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2009-11

Rio Salado 40th anniversary banner with text: An innovative leader in higher education. Collage of photos of Communiversity at Surprise ribbon cutting ceremony, featuring former President Linda Thor and guests.

Welcome to the past! The next stop on our 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 2009-11!

April 10, 2009 story about the Communiversity in Northwest Valley News.  Headline: Economic Reality Molding Communiversity. Image of construction workers building new location

In 2009, Rio Salado celebrated the grand opening of the Communiversity at Surprise, an innovative approach to learning. The Communiversity joined higher education partners together in one location to offer students the opportunity to earn progressive degrees all under one roof. 

Snapshot of Arizona Republic story announcing WCET award.  Headline: Rio Salado College is Recognized for the Use of Technology

In 2010, interim president Chris Bustamante was appointed president of Rio Salado by the Maricopa Community Colleges, succeeding Dr. Linda Thor who left to become chancellor of California’s Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Also in 2010, Rio Salado was one of four colleges in the country to win an Outstanding Work award from WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), which recognized Rio Salado’s Peer-to-Peer Plagiarism Detection System.

Do you remember this time? 
Share your photos, stories and memories via email to or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Visit our 40th anniversary website to learn more about our year-long celebration