MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty has wrapped up her Engagement Tour with meetings at all five campuses and the MCC District Office. Employees and students were invited to the events, which Dr. Beatty plans to continue in the years to come.
The campus meetings, themed “Expresso Yourself,” started at MCC-Business & Technology on Sept. 11 and concluded at MCC-Blue River on Oct. 5. Each event included a Q&A with the chancellor, but each was also distinctive.
MCC-Maple Woods’ meeting was preceded by a cook-off. The District Office’s included an “Appy Hour,” with employees providing appetizers and a winner selected by vote. MCC-Penn Valley did its Q&A in a talk-show format. At the end of the meeting at MCC-Longview, Dr. Beatty got behind the wheel of a Corvette Stingray, which a student won for the campus’ automotive tech program.
Q&A topics included the benefits and challenges of five campuses, developing new programs, allocation of resources, marketing, the possibility of offering more late-afternoon and evening classes, the Strategic Plan and the staff compensation study.
“Let’s dare to dream a little bit,” Dr. Beatty told the MCC-Longview audience. And don’t be afraid to fail, she added.
At the District Office event, responding to a question about her top priorities, the chancellor said she would like to get the College to the point where “people are excited to be here.”
“There might be a little bit of a morale problem,” she said. At another campus meeting, she said she had observed during her interview process that “this is a place in need of a lot of healing.”
Another top priority for her is utilizing the talents of our employees in the most efficient way possible. “We have to align the people with the work we need to do,” Dr. Beatty said.
Here are some scenes from the chancellor’s tour.
MCC-Business & Technology (Sept. 11)
MCC-Longview (Sept. 13)
MCC-Penn Valley (Sept. 18)
MCC-Maple Woods (Sept. 21)
Administrative Center (Oct. 2)
MCC-Blue River (Oct. 5)