Metropolitan Community College will officially install its eighth chancellor, Dr. Kimberly Beatty, in an Aug. 24 ceremony at the Music Hall downtown, but the entire week is packed with activities.
Inauguration Week, Aug. 20-26, also coincides with the first week of fall classes, when about 17,000 students will converge on MCC’s five campuses (and online). The first day of classes is Wednesday, Aug. 22. Also that week: Faculty Professional Development Day on Aug. 20 and the annual Employee In-Service on Aug. 21, which will focus on innovation and include a community service project.
The inauguration ceremony on Friday, Aug. 24, will begin with a processional featuring MCC faculty and staff and distinguished guests wearing academic regalia. Several elected officials including U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II will offer brief remarks. Each of the five MCC campuses will spotlight a program that exemplifies the College’s mission of “Preparing Students, Serving Communities, Creating Opportunities.”
The inaugural address will be delivered by Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail, a longstanding higher education icon who has served as a college president, Achieving the Dream coach, and managing principal of her own firm, the McPhail Group. She is also emerita professor of higher education and founder of the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University in Baltimore, alma mater of Chancellor Beatty. Dr. Beatty considers Dr. McPhail a mentor.
In keeping with the inauguration theme, “Celebrating Our History, Our Mission and Our Future,” Dr. Beatty will provide remarks on the 103-year-old institution’s future during her installation ceremony. Trent Skaggs, president of the MCC Board of Trustees, will conduct the ceremony and present Dr. Beatty with the College’s chancellor medallion.
The MCC campuses and Administrative Center will close at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 so employees and students can attend the inauguration ceremony, which starts at 2:30 p.m. An employee reception will be held immediately afterward in the Little Theatre adjacent to the Music Hall.
The public is invited to attend the inauguration ceremony, which is made possible through the many partnerships MCC has in this great community, eliminating any cost to the institution. To RSVP and learn more, go to mcckc.edu/inauguration. Click “Students and Guests RSVP” on the left-hand side.
Also that week, the Urban League of Greater Kansas City will honor Dr. Beatty at a reception for invited guests. The week following the inauguration, Aug. 27-Aug. 31, each of the campuses will host Dr. Beatty along the “Wolf Trail” (MCC’s new mascot is the wolf) for a variety of student events. And starting Aug. 28, an art faculty and student exhibition at MCC-Penn Valley’s Carter Art Center will pay tribute to MCC and the leader of its future, Chancellor Beatty. Dr. Beatty will attend a special reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28. The show will remain on display through Sept. 14.
About Chancellor Kimberly Beatty
Dr. Kimberly Beatty started her tenure as Metropolitan Community College chancellor on July 1, 2017. Dr. Beatty came to MCC from Houston Community College, the nation’s fourth largest community college system, where she served as vice chancellor for instructional services and chief academic officer. The Metropolitan Community College chancellor is the chief executive officer of the five-campus college district, appointed by and reporting to an elected six-member Board of Trustees.
As the first African-American leader in the 103-year history of Metropolitan Community College, and the only African-American CEO in the Missouri community college system, “I live and walk in the truth of who I am each day,” Dr. Beatty has said.
A champion of access and equity, she is devoted to the community college mission of providing access to higher education for all.
“I am passionate about the community I serve and excited about the ability to provide higher education access to the underprivileged and underrepresented,” Dr. Beatty says. “It’s easy for me to champion these students because, having been raised in poverty by a single mother, I was once in their shoes. This is my story and this is the challenge I have overcome.”
At Metropolitan Community College, Dr. Beatty finalized and restructured the College’s five-year strategic plan; authored a new vision statement for the college and a new shared governance model; and is leading the college community through an organizational realignment.
She is committed to workforce education, including establishing new partnerships with Kansas City area businesses. She is a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and its Executive Women’s Leadership Council; the Kansas City Area Development Council; the Full Employment Council Board; and the Rotary Club of Kansas City.
Dr. Beatty brought to MCC 28 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, including service as a tenured associate professor of English. A three-time graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, she received a B.A. in English, an M.A. in English, and an Ed.D. in higher education, with a specialization in community college leadership.
About Metropolitan Community College
Metropolitan Community College is Kansas City’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education and the first community college in the state of Missouri. It was also one of the first schools in the country to award an associate degree. Today, MCC offers 125 associate degree and certificate programs and serves about 30,000 students annually through credit and noncredit courses and business services.
The 2018-19 year marks MCC’s 104th academic year. The institution founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute would become known in 1919 as the Junior College of Kansas City. The “Metropolitan” name came about in 1964, when the Junior College District of Metropolitan Kansas City was created by voters in the Kansas City School District and seven suburban school districts. The college district is currently made up of 12 school districts in four counties.
Metropolitan Community College is one college with five campuses and a robust online program. The campuses, located on the Missouri side of Greater Kansas City, are MCC-Blue River in Independence; MCC-Business & Technology in Kansas City; MCC-Longview in Lee’s Summit; MCC-Maple Woods in Kansas City’s Northland; and MCC-Penn Valley in midtown Kansas City.
Metropolitan Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.