Two MCC employees named to KC Black Achievers Society

Two Metropolitan Community College employees, John Hudson and Eric Thompson, have been inducted into the Black Achievers Society of Greater Kansas City, joining a growing list of “alumni” from the College.

John Hudson

The mission of the Black Achievers Society is “to actively respond to the educational, social and economic needs of the community by providing role models for blacks and minority youth, and sharing knowledge gained through academic and corporate experience.” The society also awards college scholarships to Kansas City students.

Hudson, MCC’s admissions manager, described his nomination as “a wonderful honor.”

“To be recognized for doing something that you love to do both humbles and invigorates me,” Hudson said. “I am ready to jump right in and begin the work of combining my passion with the mission of the Black Achievers Society.”

He joined MCC in 2016 as admissions manager at the Penn Valley campus.

Eric Thompson

Thompson, dean of student success and engagement at MCC-Penn Valley, said: “All I’ve ever wanted to do with my life and career is to make a difference. For my peers and colleagues, who are also passionate and dedicated professionals, to recognize the work I’ve done is extremely encouraging. It makes me want to do more.”

Thompson has been with MCC since 2012, starting at the Business & Technology campus.

The two were among 13 new inductees honored at a dinner Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The Black Achievers Class of 2020 includes representatives of Hallmark, Sprint, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, among other local businesses and organizations.

The group, founded by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver in 1974 (five years before the former Kansas City mayor was first elected to the City Council), honors local African-American leaders in business and industry. The society has inducted more than 450 members over the last four decades.

MCC’s Chris Kelly (from left), Christal Waters, John Hudson, Lesha Gregory, Eric Thompson and Karen Moore (photo courtesy Dignified Digital)
MCC honoree Eric Thompson (center) with Grant Lewis (left) and Tony Brown (photo courtesy Dignified Digital)
MCC honoree John Hudson (center) with Lewis and Brown (photo courtesy Dignified Digital)
MCC’s Thompson and Hudson (back row, second and third from left) were among 13 Black Achievers inducted this year (photo courtesy Samuel Jordon Images).
Black Achievers alumni at MCC

Black Achievers are nominated by their employers. Previous inductees from MCC:

  • Chris Kelly, supplier diversity program coordinator, 2005 (before she came to MCC)
  • Joe Seabrooks, then MCC-Penn Valley president, 2010
  • Kirk Nooks, then MCC-Longview president, 2014
  • Tarana Chapple and Karen Curls at MCC-Penn Valley, and Crystal Johnson at MCC-Maple Woods, 2016
  • Victorie Edwards at MCC-Blue River and Lyle Gibson, Gieselle Taylor and Terrell Tigner at MCC-Penn Valley, 2017 (Tigner is now at Maple Woods)
  • Jackie Gill, then president of the MCC-Business & Technology and MCC-Blue River campuses, Ayanna Bridges at MCC-Maple Woods, and Christal Waters at MCC-Blue River, 2018
  • Kimberly Beatty, chancellor, and Tyjaun Lee, president of the MCC-Maple Woods and MCC-Penn Valley campuses, 2019