MCC seeking community input in presidential search

September 27, 2018

KINGMAN — The Mohave Community College Board of Governors is expected to appoint an interim president next year, allowing for a more thorough search for a full-time replacement for Michael Kearns.

Kearns, who has been president of MCC since 2010 and the college’s chief executive officer for nearly 11 years, has announced his resignation, effective in February.

“This is going to be a very extensive national search,” said MCC Governing Board President Phyllis Smith. “Finding someone to replace Dr. Kearns is not going to be easy.”

According to a news release from MCC, board members plan to have an interim college president serve from February to June while the board conducts the national search.

Board members have authorized creation of a Search for the President webpage to ensure the process is transparent and open to the public. The page, www.Mohave.edu/MCC-President-Search, was created to help the public to stay informed. The page includes a community survey.

“We feel it is very important to bring in members of the community and get their thoughts on the type of president they would like to see for our community college,” said Smith. “This college is here for the community, and input from everyone will be very valuable.”

The interactive online community survey is on the MCC president search page or under the MCC President Search tab at the college’s main website, www.Mohave.edu.

Printed copies of the survey are available at each campus. The surveys may be picked up and returned to the office of the campus dean. Completed surveys also may be mailed to MCC Chief Human Resources Officer, 1971 Jagerson Ave., Kingman, AZ 86409.

The community surveys need to be completed and returned by Oct. 31 so the board has time to review them before the November board meeting.

The board plans to have a presidential profile outlining the ideal candidate by mid-November.

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