New MCC College President Stacy Klippenstein. MCR/Mohave Community College/File Photo
MOHAVE COUNTY — The Mohave Community College Board of Governors chose Stacy Klippenstein to be the next president of the college.
“I am honored to be part of this commitment and will work tirelessly to uphold the mission, vision and values of this great institution,” said Klippenstein. He currently serves as the president of Miles Community College in Miles City, Montana.
Prior to becoming president of Miles Community College in January 2014, he served as vice chancellor for student affairs at Montana State University Billings. He was director of university housing and new student programs at Central Washington University. He started his career in higher education in 1996 at Northern Arizona University, where he worked in the Office of Residence Life and Facilities Management.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and excited to join the Mohave Community College family,” said Klippenstein. “It is evident that MCC cares about student success and building strong community partnerships.”
The nationwide search for the MCC College president began in September 2018, shortly after Michael Kearns announced his retirement.
The board received 51 applications from people from across the country, and each of the five governing board members independently reviewed all the candidates.
The list was narrowed to 10, and phone interviews were conducted with those candidates. The board members then selected four finalists to bring for onsite interviews, as well as forums with students, college employees and the public.
“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 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 and members of the board also thanked college employees and the community for assisting in the selection process. The board of governors wanted to ensure the national search was transparent and local communities were involved. A web page was dedicated to the search process. An interactive online survey helped gather the public’s input.
Candidate meetings with college employees and the public were also held with the four finalists. Attendees were given the opportunity to provide input on 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.”
Dr. Klippenstein said he was impressed with everyone during his onsite visit.
“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,” said Klippenstein.
He also shared some kind words for his current community college team for their hard work during his tenure there.
“I would also like to thank my colleagues and board of trustees at Miles Community College for their support over the past six years,” said Klippenstein. “My wife Carrie and I are grateful for our time spent in Miles City and will miss the friendships.”
Klippenstein was awarded his doctor of education in higher education leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He attended Montana State University in Billings, where he earned both his master of education in student affairs administration and bachelor of science degree in secondary education.
His official start date as Mohave Community College president will be July 1. He plans to be at the college prior to that, so he can work with Interim President Diana Stithem and ensure a smooth transition. He will be the sixth President of MCC.