On Jan. 21, 2010, the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees announced the selection of Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services Mark James as the college's next chancellor. As chancellor, Mark has focused the college vision on maximizing student success through a revamped strategic plan, expanded workforce training relationships with area businesses, improved strategic enrollment management and prioritized resource allocation through zero based budgeting.
Prior to joining MCC, Mark was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt as director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety and State Homeland Security Advisor from 2005 through 2009. Mark oversaw the Missouri National Guard, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri State Water Patrol, State Emergency Management Agency, Division of Fire Safety, Capitol Police, Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, Gaming Commission, Veteran's Commission and Office of Homeland Security. He served as incident commander of 20 presidentially declared disasters in Missouri, revamped the State’s Emergency Operations Plan and championed a statewide interoperability of communications system.
Mark's public service began in 1978 with the Missouri State Highway Patrol where he worked as a trooper, undercover investigator and supervisor of the Intelligence Section. In 1987, he joined the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) where he spent 20 years advancing through the ranks of special agent in Kansas City to resident agent in charge of the Omaha Field Office, to chief of ATF's Intelligence Division in Washington, D.C. His final assignment was leading the four-state region of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska as special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Division. His career highlights with ATF included many notable cases such as the Oklahoma City Bombing, TWA Flight 800, Olympic Bombing in Atlanta, UBL, Columbine and the capture of the D.C. Snipers.
Mark currently serves on the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) homeland security policy committee, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation, Full Employment Council and Missouri Community College Association Presidents and Chancellors Council.
Mark is a published author on Russian organized crime and domestic terrorism. He earned a master's degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and administration from the University of Central Missouri. Based on his body of work, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Central Missouri, named a distinguished graduate of the National Intelligence University and made an Intelligence Fellow by the Director Central Intelligence.
Mark balances his career with sports and fitness. For more than 10 years, he has mentored student athletes coaching football and basketball while raising two children with his wife Debra. Debra and Mark are longtime residents and former business owners in the Northland of the Kansas City metropolitan area.
On July 1, 2005 Jackie Snyder became the first woman chancellor of Metropolitan Community College in its 90-year history. As chancellor and chief executive officer she had the responsibility of leading the largest institution of higher education in the Greater Kansas City area. MCC includes Blue River, Business and Technology, Longview, Maple Woods, and Penn Valley campuses.
Prior to becoming chancellor, Jackie served as President of Penn Valley Community College for six years. During her tenure many capital improvements were made to the campus, including the construction of the Anna and Kemper Carter Art Center for Visual Arts and Imaging Technology and the Turner Courtyard. In addition, enrollment was increased over 20 percent to 6,000 students. Jackie joined the MCC district in 1995 as Vice Chancellor of Economic and Resource Development with responsibilities for fund raising, marketing, and economic development. She was responsible for opening the Business and Technology College, which provides training for area businesses and workforce training for over 20,000 students each year.
She received an associate's degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College, a bachelor's degree from Emporia State University, and both a master's degree in Educational Administration and a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Kansas.
Leadership is Snyder's forte. She was elected president of the Missouri Community College Association Presidents/Chancellors Council in 2002. In 2000 she was asked by the commissioner of higher education to join a commission on the study of the Affordability of Higher Education in the state of Missouri. She is a member of the International Women's Forum (an organization that advances women's leadership across careers, cultures and continents); and The Central Exchange.
She was selected to participate in Leadership Overland Park and Leadership Kansas and served on former Kansas City Mayor Barnes' collaborative to improve education in Kansas City.
She has received two national awards for excellence in staff development from the American Association of Community Colleges and was named a League Fellow by the League for Innovation in Community Colleges. Other awards include: induction into the University of Kansas Women's Hall of Fame (2009); The Mel Carnahan Hall-of-Fame Award from the Missouri Community College Association (2009); the Award of Distinction from the Missouri Women's Council (2008); the Woman of Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Zonta Clubs of Kansas City (2008); the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Emporia State University Alumni Association (2006); and with her husband received the Families Helping Families Award from the Mattie Rhodes Counseling and Art Center (2005).
Jackie currently sits on the boards of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; the Economic Development Corporation; Full Employment Council; Kansas City Area Development Council; Union Station Kansas City, KC REACHE, and United Way of Greater Kansas City. In addition to the International Women's Forum and the Central Exchange, she is also a member of RC-2020 – an international organization of presidents and chancellors of urban community colleges and the Higher Education Research & Development Institute.
Jackie and her husband, Dr. Ken Gibson reside in Parkville, MO.
Teaching has been Paul Long's passion for more than twenty years. He began teaching at UMKC in 1986. From there he taught logic and ethics at the University of Kentucky and William Jewell and then philosophy at MCC-Penn Valley and MCC-Maple Woods.
Long received a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor in philosophy and political science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a sought-after consultant and presenter concerning biomedical ethics and ethics in general.
He has been very active in his service to MCC and Maple Woods, as a list of some of the positions he has held reveals:
He supports Doctors without Borders, Habitat For Humanity, Kemper Art Museum, Nelson-Atkins Art Museum and the Lyric Opera. Besides teaching, his passions include traveling, reading, playing the piano and "hanging out" with his wife Lisa. He is also a USA Swimming referee. He has two children, 14 and 18 years old.
Putting teaching aside for a while, he became vice chancellor in 2008. His goals: Continue to advance the quality of MCC's curriculum and instructional services, including distance education and traditional on-site classes, and increase the success rate of MCC students in developmental education. He will also focus on increasing assessment activities within the district. His philosophy: Get it done and have fun doing it.
Tuesday Stanley came to MCC in 2006 from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas where she had been the associate vice chancellor of marketing and enrollment management for the previous six years. While at San Jacinto, she oversaw a complete reorganization of the student development and enrollment management departments.
She created a one-stop enrollment center of each of the college's three campuses. Under her guidance, the college streamlined processes; created an enrollment services call center; unified technology and developed a system-wide recruitment and retention plan with emphasis on a diverse student population.
Stanley also served at Raritan Valley Community College from 1996-1999 as the executive director of marketing and recruitment.
Stanley has a doctorate of higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in business administration from Lehigh University, and a bachelor's degree in advertising and communications from Purdue. She also earned certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and IEM program and the BMA School of Bank Marketing.
Stanley is a faculty member at the Snowmass Institute on Integrating Strategic Enrollment Management. She is a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the National Counsel for Marketing and Public Relations.
Dr. Joseph Seabrooks, Jr. became president of MCC-Penn Valley in April, 2011. He joined MCC in October, 2007 as president of MCC-Blue River. Seabrooks came to MCC from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, where he was assistant vice chancellor for student affairs accountable for numerous departments including:
Prior to Fayetteville, Seabrooks served at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for more than a decade exhibiting a passion for student success and development. His positions there included:
He also championed strategic initiatives that led UMKC to restructure the way it manages affirmative action.
Seabrooks completed his higher education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he began as a student in 1989. During his undergraduate years, he was active with the African American Student Union, university athletics (four-year basketball letterman) and student government. He earned four degrees: an interdisciplinary doctorate in urban leadership and policy studies and education administration; an education specialist degree; a master's degree in higher education administration; and a bachelor's degree in psychology.
He has earned numerous leadership and achievement awards. He has also researched and lectured on the history and influence of hip-hop.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Seabrooks is a first-generation college graduate. He is the loving husband of Leslie Seabrooks and the father of two sons.
When Debbie Goodall became BTC president in 2008, it was the latest in a series of rapid advancements at MCC since 1995. Those include:
1995: Marketing coordinator for MCC-Penn Valley, after coming to MCC from Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington.
1997: Marketing coordinator for the Regional Technical Education Council, which fueled a passion for championing technical education.
1998: Director of the Northwest Missouri Tech Prep Consortium, which coordinates the development and promotion of technical preparatory education.
2001: Director of the Career Education Consortium, an alliance of six school districts, MCC and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which is dedicated to improving and expanding career preparatory programming. She continued as director until she became interim BTC president.
2005: BTC dean of student development and community relations.
2006: MCC director of career and technical education. She also oversaw Project Lead the Way.
Goodall received a master's degree from Central Missouri State University in vocational, industrial and technical education and bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she also studied speech pathology/audiology.
Her extensive resume includes numerous presentations at national conferences, experience as an instructor and advisor, and work with several committees and organizations. She speaks fluent Spanish - her early education was in Mexico City, Mexico - and loves to cook and garden. She and her husband live in Oak Grove.
Dr. Grogan joined MCC in 1985, as the Dean of Instruction at MCC-Penn Valley, a post he held until 1989, when he became Dean of Student Development and Support Services at MCC-Longview. In 1998, Dr. Grogan was named to his current position as MCC-Longview's President.
In addition to his duties as President of MCC-Longview, Dr. Grogan is also Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Development for MCC.
Prior to coming to MCC, Dr. Grogan taught political science and served as Assistant Dean of the college at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Grogan has a Bachelor's Degree in government from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine; a Master's Degree in political science from Arizona State University; and a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a board member of the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair of the Lee's Summit Civic Roundtable, and board member of the Lee's Summit Symphony. He previously served 8 years on the Lee's Summit Planning Commission, including a term as Chairperson.
Michael Banks never imagined that the lessons he learned as a theater designer and director over the last 25 years would help shape his role as a leader of Metropolitan Community College’s Blue River campus.
Banks joined MCC in March 2012 and immediately saw his new role as an opportunity to help grow the campus and the communities it serves. It was a chance, he said, to pull together differing viewpoints and organizations, as he has done throughout his career, to rally them around the success of every student who attends MCC.
Before joining MCC, Banks served as vice president for academic and student affairs and vice president for academic affairs at St. Charles Community College (Missouri). During his tenure, he integrated the academic affairs and student services areas into a unified academic and student affairs area. He also chaired the campus security task force and led the campus security leadership team.
Banks served as dean/division chair of the arts and humanities division at St. Charles Community College (SCC) from 1994-2003.
Previous to his time at SCC, he served as an assistant professor of speech and theatre and director of performing arts at Urbana University (Ohio), and as theatre department chair and assistant professor of theatre and design/ technical direction at Xavier University (Ohio). He has taught full-time and part-time in speech and theatre at Xavier University, Urbana University, Lindenwood University (Missouri), and SCC.
Banks has a Ph.D. in American studies from St. Louis University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in design and technical theatre from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a bachelor’s degree in theatre from St. Louis University.
Arminda “Mindy” McCallum has worked in a variety of settings from the private sector to not-for-profit organizations. She has worked for the Metropolitan Community College since 1989 when she was hired at MCC-Penn Valley as the CASS Coordinator, a program funded by USAID that brought Central American and Caribbean students to study in community colleges throughout the United States.
Since then, Mindy has served in a variety of positions at MCC and is currently the interim president at MCC-Maple Woods. Additionally, Mindy has also served on several community organizations and boards, including Guadalupe Center, El Centro, Northland Chamber of Commerce, Clay County Economic Development Council and the Northland Education and Business Alliance. She is currently, the state co-coordinator for the Missouri American Council of Education (ACE) Network.
Mindy is a native of Cuba and left Cuba with her family for Spain in 1968. She has lived in the Kansas City area for many years. She and her husband, Lance, have two grown sons. Mindy earned a bachelor’s of arts degree with a double major in chemistry and Spanish from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also holds a master’s of science in education with an emphasis in higher education and a doctorate in educational policy and leadership in higher education from the University of Kansas.