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MCC presidential search gets 26 applications, but none from Arizona

January 15, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — If the candidate pool stays true to early applications, the next Mohave Community College president will come from outside the college, and probably from outside Arizona.

Jennie Dixon, MCC’s human resources director, told the college’s Board of Governors on Friday that 26 people have submitted complete applications for the position, which opens with the retirement of Michael Kearns.

Dixon, speaking at a special work session on the presidential search, said none of the applicants currently is working in Arizona.

Three other applicants, she said, have submitted incomplete applications. Dixon said one of those three was from Arizona, but that the college is unlikely to see that application completed.

“The attachments were all pictures of a cat,” she told the board.

Two of the individuals currently in the running originally submitted incomplete applications, but promptly provided requested documentation, she said.

Dixon said the applicants so far have a variety of experience, including with community colleges, universities and K-12 education. Four are female, she said, and 22 are male.

The applicants come from all over the U.S., Dixon said.

The application period ends Jan. 31. Dixon said that she expects the college to see a “wave” of applications in the final week.

Once the application period closes, human resources staff will weed out those who don’t meet minimum criteria and send the remainder to each individual board member, along with the results of social-media checks.

Board members will rank the applicants, then meet in executive session to choose finalists.

Board President Julie Bare said the panel hopes to conduct interviews in April or May, with the hope of appointing a new president in June who could start by July 1, the start of the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

She said the timeline could change, depending on the chosen candidate’s obligation to a previous employer.

Earlier, at the board’s regular meeting, board members recognized Kearns on his last day on the job. He was with MCC for 14 years, the last eight as its leader.

“Dr. Kearns asked that we not celebrate him,” Bare said. “But he is so worthy of celebration.”

Board member Judy Selberg called Kearns a role model for college leaders and Susan McAlpine praised him for the assistance he gave her as a new board member.

Diana Stithem, a former executive vice president at MCC, took on the role of interim president earlier this month. The college announced earlier that Stithem has chosen not to be a candidate for the permanent president position.

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