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MCC readies next step in search for president

March 10, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave Community College continues to move forward in its search for a new president.

The college’s Board of Governors on Friday instructed Chief Human Resources Officer Jennie Dixon to contact candidates for the position.

Fifty-one people applied to replace Michael Kearns, who retired last month after eight years leading MCC.

The board reviewed applications in a closed-door executive session.

It wasn’t known how many candidates Dixon is to contact.

Semifinalists will be announced before their April on-campus visits, the college announced after the meeting.

Dixon told board members that MCC is facing a $42 per employee monthly increase in the cost of medical insurance. She said she’s not yet aware of what dental or life insurance costs will be for next fiscal year.

Dixon will present a compensation plan at next month’s meeting that reflects those changes and an increase in mandatory contributions to the Arizona State Retirement System.

She said the board will have to decide how to handle an increase in the minimum wage, which goes to $12 an hour next Jan. 1, up from the current $11.

Dixon said the vast majority of MCC employees have been paid above minimum wage, so previous increases since the state’s voters approved a series of increases in 2016 haven’t had much of an impact on the college.

“We will feel this one,” she said.

Also at the meeting, interim president Diana Stithem said that MCC’s draft financial aid default rate for the 2016 cohort is at 14.74 percent, below both a projected 15.18 percent and the 2015 cohort’s official rate of 17.7 percent.

She said the rate has continued to drop from a 2012 cohort rate of 36.5 percent, which if consistent would have put MCC in danger of losing the ability to offer some financial aid.