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MCC preparing for new president

May 16, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave Community College is moving from a presidential search into preparing for the transition to new leadership, the college’s Board of Governors heard Friday.

Stacy Klippenstein was selected last week to lead MCC. Interim President Diana Stithem said the college is now “cranking up” activities related to the transition. She said transition teams from various departments within the college are assembling plans that will give Klippenstein a starting point.

She said the new president may not implement the ideas from those teams, but they will be available for him.

Stithem said that Arizona’s community colleges have focused this legislative session on getting past money in the state budget restored. She told board members that the state’s spending on rural colleges is down 62% since 2008.

She said two lobbyists have registered and are working on the colleges’ behalf.

“The words we hear is that ‘well, it’s looking good,’ ” she said. “But I just don’t know at this point.”

Michelle Brehmeyer, the college’s associate dean of enrollment management, said MCC has a new agreement with Parchment, a Scottsdale digital credential service, that will drastically reduce the amount of time a graduate waits to receive his or her diploma.

She said that once the company receives a list of conferred student credentials, it should be five to seven days before graduates receive them. The previous process took eight to 10 weeks.

The new system, Brehmeyer said, also allows for errors to be corrected in real time, and provides the graduate a digital diploma as well as a paper document.

She said MCC already has a relationship with Parchment; the company prints transcripts for the college.

Board President Julie Bare asked whether the digital documents can be manipulated. Brehmeyer said MCC has received assurances that the diplomas are protected against counterfeiting.