MCC picks Montana educator as next president

May 7, 2019

KINGMAN — Dr. Stacy Klippenstein has been selected to be the sixth president in the history of Mohave Community College.

Klippenstein, president of Miles Community College in Miles City, Montana, officially will assume the duties at MCC on July 1 although he said he intended to begin before that to transition into the MCC community. His hiring was announced by the college on Monday.

“I am honored to be part of this commitment and will work tirelessly to uphold the mission, vision and values of this great institution,” Klippenstein said through a news release from MCC. “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and excited to join the Mohave Community College family. It is evident that MCC cares about student success and building strong community partnerships.”

Klippenstein was chosen by the MCC Board of Governors to replace Dr. Michael Kearns, who announced his retirement last fall. Dr. Diana Stithem has been serving as interim president since February.

Klippenstein was among 51 applicants for the post gathered in MCC’s nationwide search. That field was narrowed to 10 and further pared to four with those finalists conducting on-campus interviews and public meet-and-greet sessions on all four MCC campuses.

“While each of the candidates had much to contribute, Dr. Klippenstein’s education, training, experiences, and current role as president of Miles Community College provides him with a well-balanced skill set,” said MCC Board of Governors President Dr. Julie Bare. “He clearly respects the learning-centered mission of MCC, and will continue the focus on leading initiatives that help our students succeed in the rapidly changing environment of the national and local economy.”

Bare thanked MCC patrons for their participation in the search, especially at the recent meetings with the finalists.

“We really appreciate the community input,” said Bare. “The governing board members had an opportunity to read and consider all of the survey responses and comments provided, and attend the candidate forums or watch them streamed live on the college YouTube channel.”

Klippenstein, too, noted the importance of the involvement of students, faculty, staff and the public at large in the selection process.

“The faculty, staff, students, administration, and Board of Governors all shared their passion for two-year education and commitment to make MCC a great place to learn and work,” he said.

Klippenstein received his bachelor of science degree in secondary education at Montana State University, where he also earned his master of education in student affairs administration. He received his doctor of education in higher education leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.

His career in education began in 1996 at Northern Arizona University, where he worked in the office of residence life and facilities management. He served as director of university housing and new student programs at Central Washington University, then as vice chancellor for student affairs at Montana State before becoming president of Miles Community College in January of 2014.