MCC begins search for new president, Chesson named interim

Montgomery Community College has taken the first steps toward selecting its next president.

Mary Chesson will be interim president of Montgomery Community College, beginning Jul. 1, 2014. (MCC photo)

Mary Chesson will be interim president of Montgomery Community College, beginning Jul. 1, 2014. (MCC photo)

According to information released by MCC, Personnel Committee chair Claudia Bulthuis opened a special called meeting by asking members “to write down the top three attributes they would like to see in a new (college) president.” The report said answers included “honesty, superior communications skills, (and) empathy for the economic situation of the county.” There was also an expressed emphasis on open-mindedness and a willingness to embrace new ideas.

Following the committee’s closed session, the MCC Board of Trustees approved the nomination of Mary Chesson as the college’s interim president. Chesson is the former Vice President of Instruction at MCC, and her term as interim president will being July 1.

A Presidential Search Committee will be selected later, and that committee will develop a timeline for the search process.

Current MCC president Mary Kirk announced her resignation in mid-April. Kirk has been at the college for about 15 years, and her last day is Jun. 30. The following day, Kirk will begin work as vice president of the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, based in Atlanta.

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