Trustees appoint three new members to MCC Foundation board

Matt Johnson, Ruth Stricklen Pullins and Wayne Strickland have joined the Metropolitan Community College Foundation board of directors. They were appointed Aug. 24 by the MCC Board of Trustees following nomination and approval by the Foundation board.

The new members’ board terms run through 2020.

Matt Johnson

Johnson, of Olathe, is vice president of marketing for CommunityAmerica Credit Union, where he has worked since 2014. He was previously a senior manager for marketing and communications at Sprint.

Johnson holds a B.A. in communication studies and an M.S. in journalism, both from the University of Kansas.

He grew up in Warrensburg, Mo., where his father was an English professor at the University of Central Missouri.

Matt Johnson

Johnson says there’s no better advantage than having a good education, but it’s not attainable for many Americans.

“As our population grows, jobs become more specialized, technology evolves at a rapid rate and the geopolitical landscape applies tension to the system, helping good, hard-working people gain access to a useful education is more important than ever,” Johnson says.

“I want to be a part of an organization whose mission it is to provide this very access, and MCC is the perfect fit.”

Johnson enjoys coaching and playing basketball and soccer, traveling with his family and playing guitar and piano.

Ruth Stricklen Pullins

Pullins, of Kansas City, is chief human resources officer for Truman Medical Centers, which she joined in 2015. She prevously worked as chief human resources officer, administrative officer and plan administrator for University of Kansas Physicians.

Ruth Stricklen Pullins

Pullins, who grew up in England, holds an M.A. in communication studies from the University of Kansas. She says she has an appreciation for community colleges because she earned an associate degree at one. Community colleges provide “a great foundation for further education,” she says.

“I support the philosophy of lifelong learning and believe that the community college reinforces that ideal,” Pullins says. “I will support opportunities for MCC graduates and am able to speak to the value of the community college education and promote the endless possibilities that go hand-in-hand with this education.”

She serves as a board member for United Inner City Services of Kansas City and as a member of the advisory board for Western Governors University-Missouri.

Wayne Strickland

Wayne Strickland

Strickland, of Kansas City, has worked for Hallmark Cards Inc. since 1980, currently as vice president, global distribution strategy.

He grew up in El Dorado, Ark., and holds an MBA and a B.S. in business administration from the University of Arkansas.

“I am looking forward to applying some things I have learned in my 38 years working with the world’s largest retailers to help MCC reach its goals,” Strickland says.
New MCC Foundation board members Wayne Strickland (left) and Matt Johnson with Jessica Ramirez, associate vice chancellor for advancement

In other MCC Foundation news, Ryan Morehead was recently named a designated director (non-voting) on the Foundation board. Morehead, coordinator of the MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center and an adjunct faculty member, will represent College staff employees on the board.

About the MCC Foundation:

The nonprofit MCC Foundation, established in 1976, raises money to support student scholarships and special campus initiatives across the MCC district. Learn more at