MCC-Longview president announced

Kirk Nooks smallerMCC has named Kirk A. Nooks, Ed.D., as the new president of the college’s Longview campus in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Nooks replaces Fred Grogan, Ph.D., who has been president of MCC-Longview for 15 years and will retire at the end of June.

Nooks comes to MCC-Longview from Georgia Highlands College, where he currently serves as both campus dean for the college’s Marietta campus and executive liaison for diversity initiatives. He has been at GHC for four years, during which time campus enrollment has increased by over 35%, academic and student services have been expanded and the academic and office space allocation has more than doubled. Additionally, the Marietta campus has implemented a multi-year strategic plan that resulted in an increase in the number of campus graduates and the number of students persisting from semester to semester. Before GHC, Nooks served in various leadership roles at Northern Virginia Community College, including dean of student services and assistant professor. Previously, he was director of the office of institutional initiatives and governance at Prince George’s Community College (Md.). Before transitioning to a career in higher education, Nooks worked as an engineering project manager at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center and as an account executive with Core Management Resources, Inc.

An engineer by training, Nooks has more than 15 years of experience in education, business and engineering. Throughout his career, he has helped institutions with major initiatives, including establishing and implementing a governance system, organizing and scaling up a national completion initiative, and developing a framework for faculty, staff and students to advance the institution’s learning organization aspirations. He has presented at national conferences on topics ranging from institutional governance models to the college completion agenda.

“MCC is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation focused on student success as we prepare them for the pursuit of a baccalaureate at a university or a new career in Kansas City’s businesses and industries. Dr. Nooks brings valuable real-world experience as an engineer on top of an impressive list of accomplishments in higher education,” said Mark James, chancellor of the five-campus Metropolitan Community College system.

Nooks holds a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University and an MBA in marketing and a bachelor of science in industrial management from Mercer University. He is a graduate of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership and a member of the inaugural cohort of the American Council on Education’s Spectrum Leadership Institute. He is involved with the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce as a member of the education and workforce development committees, the Cobb County/City of Marietta Communities in Schools advisory board, the Cobb County Schools Career Technical Agricultural and Education Committee and the DeKalb County oversight committee for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Past and current professional affiliations include the Association for the Study of Higher Education, The Chair Academy, National Academic Advising Association, the National Association of College & University Business Officers, the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators, the National Council on Black American Affairs and the National Council on Student Development.

Nooks said he chose to come to MCC-Longview because of the strong reputation of MCC and of the Longview campus.

“I am honored to serve as the next President of Metropolitan Community College-Longview,” he said. “During the search process, it was clear that the faculty, staff and students expressed a deep pride in the history of the institution. I am looking forward to continue building on such a steady foundation.”

Nooks begins his role as MCC-Longview president on July 1, 2013.