Legislative luncheons school elected officials about MCC

MCC Chancellor Mark James; MCC-Maple Woods President Merna Saliman; Reps. Jerry Nolte, Ryan Silvey, T.J. Berry, and Myron Neth; and Senator Luann Ridgeway gather at MCC-Maple Woods.

A series of luncheon meetings this fall brought elected officials from across Missouri to MCC’s campuses to learn about the district’s legislative priorities.

The legislative luncheons, which were held on each campus, were intended to ensure the officials are familiar with MCC, the campuses and the campus leadership. Some newer legislators were introduced to the college for the first time.

“Because 27% of MCC’s funding comes through state appropriations, it is important, especially with term limits, that the elected officials in our district understand and appreciate community colleges in general, and MCC in particular,” said Tom Vansaghi, associate vice chancellor of college and community relations.

Specific topics of discussion included MCC’s structure, governance, economic impact, funding, enrollment and legislative priorities.

President Joe Seabrooks (standing left) addresses luncheon attendees on the MCC – Penn Valley campus during the Aug. 30 MCC Legislative Luncheon.

All members of the Missouri House and Senate from each of the campuses’ respective districts were invited to the luncheons. Other attendees included Zora Mulligan, executive director of the Missouri Community College Association, and MCC’s Jefferson City-based legislative consultants Nancy Giddens, Shannon Cooper and Jessica Land. Attendees from MCC included the chancellor, campus president and other campus leaders, and the Institute for Workforce Innovation’s Margaret Boyd.

This is the second consecutive year MCC has hosted legislative luncheons at each campus. In previous years similar meetings have been held at off-campus locations.

MCC Chancellor Mark James, left, and MCC-Longview president Fred Grogan, right (fifth from the front), host campus administrators, MCC trustees and legislators from Lee’s Summit, south Kansas City and Cass County at the legislative luncheon at MCC-Longview on Oct. 10.