MCC starts search for new president

Debbie Morford
Monday, June 10, 2019

Positioned to continue to do well, Miles Community College (MCC) is one of the few colleges in Montana to continue to improve student enrollment, resulting in increased budgets, motivated and empowered staff, and more opportunities for students! Thanks to Dr. Stacy Klippenstein’s leadership and strategic planning approach over the last 5 years, he is leaving our college in an excellent position with staff and faculty to continue the great work they are providing students and meeting workforce needs with quality employees and leaders. As the Chair of the Board of Trustees, I can speak for all of us in saying how proud we are of our institution and the work they are doing!

As some of you may already know, Dr. Klippenstein has accepted a new leadership position in Kingman, Arizona, as the President of Mojave Community College. Dr. Klippenstein’s last day at MCC is June 14. We are planning a farewell open house for Dr. Klippenstein and his wife, Carrie, on the evening of June 12 at the Town and Country Club from 5:30-7p.m. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you all there!

While we have the utmost faith and trust in the staff and faculty at MCC during this time of transition, it is our charge to appoint an Interim President and begin the search for our permanent President. The Board of Trustees held an executive session the evening of May 31, to discuss the potential Interim President and appointed Aaron Clingingsmith as the Interim President of MCC, effective June 10. Clinginsmith comes to us most recently after serving as the Interim Executive Director of University Relations at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). He previously served as Director of University Relations, Communications and Marketing at Montana State University Billings (MSUB). He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from W.P. Carey School of Business Administration, Arizona State University.

As for the next steps in conducting the search for a permanent president, the Board of Trustees will be determining the opening date for the permanent President position and will notify the community and campus as soon as a timeline is established. The trustees will be scheduling listening sessions this summer/fall to gather feedback from key constituent groups regarding qualities valued for the next MCC president. A search committee will be formed to aid the Board in conducting the presidential search. It is the board’s hope, we attract quality candidates to MCC and Miles City, given the progressive and positive path we are on and for being an extremely supportive Community.

Details of the search process and timeline will be published on the MCC website. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your continued interest and support of MCC!

I look forward to the leadership our next President will bring, building on the progress we are currently making in enrollment and continuing to provide quality, relevant programs! Thank you! Go Pioneers!

( Debbie Morford is the Miles Community College Board of Trustees Chair.)

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