The Board of Trustees of Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City (MCC) has launched a national search for a new chancellor and invites nominations and applications for the position. The successful candidate will succeed Chancellor Mark James, who is retiring after seven years at the helm of the third-largest system of higher education in the state of Missouri. The new chancellor will be expected to take office in the summer of 2017.

MCC is the oldest and largest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City, founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute. The Junior College of Kansas City, as it was known starting in 1919, was one of the first schools in the country to award an associate degree. Today, through its five campuses (MCC-Blue River, MCC-Business & Technology, MCC-Longview, MCC-Maple Woods, and MCC-Penn Valley), the Metropolitan Community College district serves more than 36,000 students each year in credit and noncredit classes and provides a wide array of training, workforce development, and consulting services to area businesses and industries. With a $113.3 million general fund budget, MCC has 1,167 full-time equivalent employees and maintains 47 major buildings comprising two million square feet on 550 acres.

Appointed by, and reporting directly to, an elected six-member board of trustees, the chancellor is the chief executive officer of the district. The chancellor is principally responsible for implementing the board’s policies and overseeing strategic planning, budget management, academic and workforce development programs, student success, resource development and fundraising, corporate and business partnerships, human resources, facilities maintenance, and all other areas of operation. Together with the board, the chancellor will work with the college community to create a renewed sense of mission and identity, define a clear and compelling shared vision, and set the direction for Metropolitan Community College. The chancellor is assisted in the conduct of the institution’s affairs by eight senior officers who are direct reports: five campus presidents and three vice chancellors—for academic affairs, financial and administrative services, and student success and engagement.

Metropolitan Community College seeks an energetic, accomplished, and forward-looking executive to lead the district at a time of tremendous opportunity and challenge, building on its century-old legacy of educational opportunity, innovation, and community engagement. Minimum requirements include a master’s degree; significant experience in the administration of a large and complex organization; strong financial acumen and a track record of effectively managing human, fiscal, and capital resources; an understanding of and ability to advocate for the district’s mission; and a proven ability to build relationships and work effectively with the full range of internal and external constituents.

The ideal candidate will possess an earned doctorate, a record of successful executive-level experience with a community college or a multi-campus community college system, a talent and enthusiasm for fundraising, experience working with a governing board, an appreciation for shared governance and a record of collaborative leadership and consultation across all sectors of an academic institution, teaching or student services experience, and a demonstrated ability to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive organization.

Metropolitan Community College has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will begin April 7, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet at or Ellen Heffernan at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

Metropolitan Community College – Chancellor

James M. Norfleet, Search Associate

Ellen Heffernan, President

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