Park University appoints Yira Brimage as new campus leader in Gilbert

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Park University, which opened a Gilbert campus in 2018, has a new vice president to lead the campus, Yira Brimage. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Park University, which opened a Gilbert campus in 2018, has a new vice president to lead the campus, Yira Brimage. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Yira Brimage (Courtesy Park University)
Park University has appointed a longtime Arizona community college administrator as the leader of its Gilbert campus.

Yira Brimage began her role as the vice president of Park’s Gilbert campus Nov. 15 and is part of Park’s executive leadership team, the university announced.

Brimage replaces Sue Wilcox, who is returning to Park’s main campus in Parkville, Missouri, to become associated vice president of strategic delivery, where she will work on the university’s strategic plan, said Brad Biles, Park's director of communications and public relations.

Brimage will be responsible for leading the strategic growth and operations of the Gilbert campus, including academic programming, market development, community relations, fundraising, enrollment growth, student services, student academic support, student engagement, and athletic program development and growth, according to the university announcement.

Most recently, Brimage has been the
principal and owner of Brimage Consulting in Tucson, which specializes in working with educational, health care and small businesses to prepare their workforces with competency-based skill development.

Before that, Brimage served as vice president of student affairs and engagement at Pima Community College’s downtown campus in Tucson from 2014-18.

She also served a variety of roles with Maricopa Community Colleges for 14 years, including vice president of student affairs at Phoenix College from 2010-14 and associate dean of enrollment services from 2000-05, dean of student affairs from 2005-09 and acting vice president of student affairs from 2009-10 at Scottsdale Community College.

Brimage began her career in higher education at Arizona State University, serving nine years in undergraduate admissions for various campuses, as well as in student affairs for the ASU East, now Polytechnic, campus.

Brimage is the third leader of the Gilbert campus since it opened in 2018 after Jeff Ehrlich and Wilcox.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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