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Mohave County

MCC Presidential Candidates Set Campus Visits

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The Mohave Community College Board of Governors has selected four finalists in the nationwide search for the next college president.

There will be a feedback form available online to submit comments about your thoughts on each candidate. MCC Governing Board members will be provided with feedback.

The finalists will be visiting the MCC campuses and the communities on April 24-25. The public will have an opportunity to meet the candidates at MCC campuses. The North Mohave campus attendees will meet the candidates and ask them questions via an interactive video feed.

“The next MCC President will help guide the college into the future, continuing the tradition of offering high quality, affordable higher education to the people of Mohave County, as well as supporting the local and regional workforce and economic development, said James Jarman, director of marketing and public information for MCC.

The president’s seat became available on January 11 when former MCC President Michael Kearns retired and served his last day. He emailed college employees to let them know and a public announcement was made during the MCC Board of Governors meeting shortly after.

Diana Stithem was named interim president and has led the college until a permanent replacement for Kearns is selected. She is assisting with the transition and is not a candidate.

The candidates being considered for the position are:

  • Songie Adebiyi has served as vice president of student development at South Suburban College in Illinois since 2006. She also has been an associate dean there, responsible for federal grant projects and a variety of student training and services programs. Adebiyi began her career at South Suburban College in 2000, after serving as a program associate at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. Prior to that, she was a counseling supervisor with Home Access Health Corp, Adebiyi earned her master’s degree in education and her bachelor’s in liberal arts and sciences psychology from the University of Illinois.
  • Krista Johns currently serves as the Guided Pathways regional coordinator for the Bay Area, reporting to the California Community Colleges. She previously served as vice chancellor for educational services and student success in the Chabot-Los Positas Community College District and has also been the vice president for policy and research with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission. Johns moved into higher education after serving as the senior attorney for education development in the administrative office of the California courts. She holds a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin. Johns is a CCLDI Fellow from Claremont Graduate University.
  • Stacy Steve Klippenstein has served as the president of Miles Community College in Miles City, Mt. since January of 2014. He previously was vice chancellor for student affairs at Montana State University in Billings, and was the director of university housing and new student programs at Central Washington University. From 1996 to 2000, his professional career was at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he served in facilities management and the office of residence life. Klippenstein was awarded his doctorate in higher education leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He attended Montana State University in Billings, where he earned both his master’s degree in student affairs administration and bachelor’s degree in secondary education.
  • Gregory S. Rogers is currently the director of academic analytics and institutional effectiveness at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. From 2008 to 2016, he served as vice president of administrative services and chief information officer at Glendale Community College. Prior to arriving in Arizona, Rogers was the vice president for administration and vice president for information technology systems at Black Hawk College in Illinois. Before his career in higher education, Rogers worked in the business world, serving as a systems analyst and project leader. He earned his doctorate from the University of Arizona in Tucson, his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in Illinois, his bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College.

At the Bullhead City campus, 3400 Highway 95, Building 600, Gregory Rogers will visit from 11 a.m. to noon and Krista Johns from 4-5 p.m. April 24. Stacy Steven Klippenstein will attend from 11 a.m. to noon and Songie Adebiyi from 4-5 p.m. April 25.

The Kingman campus, 1971 Jagerson Ave., Building 200, Room 240, will host Krista Johns from 11 a.m. to noon and Gregory Rogers from 4-5 p.m. April 24. Songie Adebiyi will visit from 11 a.m. to noon and Stacy Steven Klippenstein from 4-5 p.m. April 25.

The Lake Havasu City campus, 1977 Acoma West Blvd., Building 600, is presenting the candidates Songie Adebiyi from 11 a.m. to noon and Stacy Steven Klippenstein from 4-5 p.m. April 24. Gregory Rogers will visit from 11 a.m. to noon and Krista Johns from 4-5 p.m. April 25.

At the North Mohave campus, attendees can meet and question the candidates through an interactive video feed at 480 South Central, Building 400, Room 403, Colorado City.  Stacy Steven Klippenstein will be available from 11 a.m. to noon and Songie Adebiyi from 4-5 p.m. April 24. Krista Johns will appear from 11 a.m. to noon and Gregory Rogers from 4-5 p.m. April 25.             

A video of each candidate will be made available on the college YouTube channel – MohaveCCVideos.

More information about the MCC President search, including the selection process timeline, can be found online at www.mohave.edu/mcc-president-search.