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For immediate release: July 27, 2021

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Metropolitan Community College names Kathrine Swanson, Ed.D., president of MCC-Longview campus in Lee’s Summit

Kathrine Swanson, Ed.D., vice chancellor for student success and engagement at Metropolitan Community College, will also become president of MCC-Longview starting Aug. 1.

Her appointment came after an MCC-Longview town hall meeting with Chancellor Kimberly Beatty and an employee survey. Chancellor Beatty, in an announcement to Longview faculty and staff in early July, called Swanson a leader with "passion and compassion" who can move the campus forward. She is also a familiar face, having joined the College as vice chancellor in August 2015.

Swanson’s previous community outreach experience as an Executive Director of Community Relations at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas, will serve her well as she strives to create new partnerships in Lee’s Summit and the surrounding area. She also worked alongside community partners in economic development planning during her tenure at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.

"I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with campus and community leaders in the MCC-Longview service area to ensure the campus is meeting the education and workforce needs of the community," Swanson says.

At Longview she succeeds Dan Hocoy, Ph.D., who was named president of Goddard College, which has campuses in Vermont and Washington state.

Dr. Beatty said, "Dr. Swanson’s proven leadership with student success at MCC, combined with her invaluable experience in community engagement and workforce development, will allow her to effectively lead the Longview campus while continuing to oversee the College’s student services functions."

Swanson came to MCC from Montgomery County, where she served for 10 years as a member of the senior leadership team, last as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

Prior to that, Swanson was associate dean of students at Collin County Community College in McKinney, Texas. During her time there, she also held the positions of executive director for community relations, acting provost and director of recruitment and retention.

Swanson holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Northern Michigan University, a master’s in adult and higher education from Montana State University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of North Texas.