Dr. Marlon Thornburg

Dr. Marlon Thornburg


Dr. Marlon Thornburg holds a Doctorate of Education from Walden University and Masters and Bachelor degrees from Fort Hays State University.  He is a graduate of the Kansas Community College Leadership Institute (KCCLI) and a 1996 graduate of Leadership Coffeyville.  Dr. Thornburg is currently employed as the President at Coffeyville Community College (CCC).  He has served Coffeyville Community College for over 30 years in various capacities including adult education, advising, continuing education, distance learning, financial aid, instruction, institutional research, IT, recruiting, registration, student services, and Career & Technical Education (CTE).  Dr. Thornburg’s dissertation topic was Perceptions of Career and Technical Education by High School Career Counselors.  The study examined how High School Career Counselors in the state of Kansas perceived CTE education in the state and whether their perceptions influenced a student’s career choice.

Dr. Thornburg currently serves on the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation Board, the Coffeyville Public School Foundation Board, and the CVR Energy Community Advisory Panel.  He has been recognized as the Citizen of the Year and Educator of the Year by the Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce for his work with education and community organizations.  He also received the Phi Theta Kappa Administrator of Distinction Award and the SkillsUSA Postsecondary Administrator of the Year Award for Kansas in 2018.  He has coached City Recreation baseball, basketball, softball, and soccer teams for over 14 years.  He continues to assist area non-profit organizations with community service projects by utilizing the skills and expertise available in the CCC Career and Technical Education programs.  These activities provide a valuable service learning experience for CTE program students.  He is also a volunteer for the Coffeyville Historical Society at the Brown Mansion.



  • Bachelor and Master’s degree in Communications from Fort Hays State University (1988 and 1989)
  • Doctorate in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Walden University (2016)
  • Dissertation Topic:  Perceptions of Career and Technical Education by High School Career Counselors
  • Kansas Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Institute Graduate (2016)
  • Leadership Coffeyville Graduate (2006)

Current Position

President, Coffeyville Community College – serve as the Chief Executive Officer to provide guidance and direction to accomplish the goals of the institution’s Strategic plan in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Community Service

Current member of the following community organizations:

  • Coffeyville Public School Foundation Board Member
  • Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation Board Member
  • Community Advisory Panel Member for CVR Energy
  • Former member of the following community organizations:
  • FKHS Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee
  • Community Elementary Site Council Member
  • Leadership Coffeyville Board Member
  • Downtown Coffeyville Board Member
  • Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce serving as Chairman in 2006
  • Adult Education Community Advisory Board Member
  • Gear-Up Grant Advisory Board Member
  • Business Development and Training Center Board Member
  • Coached Coffeyville City Recreation T-Ball, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, and Soccer for 14 years


  • Recognized as the SkillsUSA Postsecondary Administrator of the Year in 2018
  • Recognized as the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2011
  • Received the Administrator of Distinction Award from Phi Theta Kappa in 2007
  • Recognized as the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2005