Dr. Michael Banks named interim president for MCC’s Blue River, Business & Technology campuses

Dr. Michael Banks with new grad Katelynn Banks at MCC’s 2016 commencement

Dr. Michael Banks, who retired from MCC late last year, is back, but only temporarily: In January he was named interim president of the MCC-Blue River and MCC-Business & Technology campuses.

Banks is well-known on the Blue River campus in Independence, which he served as president between 2012 and 2017. He then moved to MCC’s Administrative Center, where he was vice chancellor for college and community relations for about a year.

Banks says he’s looking forward “to working with the amazing faculty, staff and students” at Blue River and Business & Technology.

“I’m also excited for the opportunity to work with the chancellor and everyone at these two great campuses to identify their next president,” he says.

A national search is underway. (Here’s the job posting.) Chancellor Kimberly Beatty is planning meetings with faculty and staff at each campus to discuss characteristics they’d like to see in their next president, who will report to her.

Banks is expected to serve as interim leader through June 30. The new president, who will replace Dr. Jackie Gill, is expected to start around July 1.

More about Dr. Banks

Michael Banks, Ph.D., has worked in higher education for more than 30 years, as a faculty member and administrator. Since January 2019 he has served as interim president of MCC’s Blue River and Business & Technology campuses. Before retiring in late 2018, Banks was MCC’s vice chancellor for college and community relations (2017-18) and president of the Blue River campus (2012-17).

Before joining MCC, Banks served as vice president for academic and student affairs at St. Charles Community College in Missouri from 2003-2012.  He was dean and division chair of the Arts and Humanities Division at St. Charles from 1994-2003.

Banks previously served as an assistant professor of speech and theater and director of performing arts at Urbana University in Ohio, and as theater department chair and assistant professor of theater and design/technical direction at Xavier University in Ohio.

Banks holds a Ph.D. in American studies from St. Louis University, a master of fine arts degree in design and technical theater from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and a bachelor’s degree in theater from St. Louis University.