New Aims Community College president Leah Bornstein
Before Aims Community College Human Resources Director Damion Cordova can begin his presentation about long-term planning, the college’s new president has to say something. She’s smiling and practically bouncing in her seat.
“I love strategic planning,” Leah Bornstein says.
In a conference room next to her office, Bornstein laughs nervously, like she just revealed a guilty pleasure.
“I’ve always been organized,” Bornstein said. “Friends ask me to come over and help organize their closets.”
She laughs before continuing.
“Quite frankly, that helps relax me,” Bornstein said. “So if I’m all stressed out, I try to organize something.”
After 12 years with Marsi Liddell as president, Aims doesn’t necessarily need to be fixed, Bornstein says. But with millions of dollars in construction projects taking place across Aims’ campuses in northern Colorado, it does need to be organized. It needs to stay on schedule. That’s where Bornstein comes in.
“Have a plan, and stick to the plan,” Bornstein said. “Typically, the plans work as long as you give them enough time.