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.
Michael Banks, PhD
President, MCC-Blue River