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Board of Trustees

Back row: Mark Petersen, Garret McFarland, Jeff Okerman, Tad Torgerson, Rusty Irion
Front row: Debbie Morford, Susan Stanton

Jeff Okerman, Chair
Mark Petersen, Vice Chair
Debbie Morford, Secretary
Sue Stanton
Garret McFarland
Rusty Irion
Tad Torgerson

Previous Trustees

Finance Committee

Mark Petersen, Chair
Debbie Morford
Garret McFarland
Meets on the Wednesday before the Board of Trustee meeting at 4:00 in the President’s office.

Human Resources Committee

Rusty Irion, Chair
Sue Stanton
Tad Torgerson
Meets the fourth Monday of each month at 4:00 in the President’s office unless the Board of Trustee meeting date has been changed.

Quality Committee

Garret McFarland, Chair
Tad Torgerson
Mark Petersen
Meets on the Friday before the Board of Trustee meeting at 3:00 in the President’s office.

Trustee Profiles

Garret McFarland
Garret McFarland: Dr. McFarland was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2005. He has been a dentist in Miles City for 17 years. After growing up in Fort Benton, MT, he received his bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and received his DDS from the University of Minnesota Dental School. Along with being a Trustee for MCC and member of the MCC Endowment board, Garret is also active in Kiwanis, Miles City Club board, and Town and Country Club.

Rusty Irion
Rusty Irion: Mr. Irion was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007. He is currently the District Conservationist for the NRCS Miles City Field Office. Raised in Powder River County, he attended MCC before returning home to work on the family ranch. Rusty has a Bachelors Degree in Agronomy with minors in Soil Science and Business Administration from Montana State University.

Susan Stanton
Susan Stanton: Ms. Stanton was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006. She taught 31 years, 24 years in the Miles City Schools of which she served as librarian at Washington Middle School for 14 years. She retired in May of 2010 and is currently employed part time by Prairie Educational Service Area. She was raised on the family farm in Brusett, Montana. Sue graduated from Garfield County High School in Jordan, Montana, received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Masters in Reading from Eastern Montana College in Billings, MT. She completed a Library endorsement at Western Montana College in Dillon, MT.

Tad Torgerson
Tad Torgerson: Mr. Torgerson was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a currently a CPA at Stallard & Associates, a local tax and accounting firm in Miles City. A native of Rugby, North Dakota, Tad first came to Miles Community College as a student in 1988 and participated on the rodeo team as a bullrider. Prior to his current position, he served as an Executive Budget Analyst with the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget (Governor’s Budget Office), Vice President for Finance and Administration at Miles Community College, and an Auditor with the North Dakota State Auditor’s Office. Tad has an Associate of Arts Degree from Miles Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Degree from Dickinson State University, and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Montana. Tad is happily married to his college sweetheart Rene, and has three school-age children: Ray, Olivia, & Emily. Family time is devoted to kid’s activities, especially youth rodeo.

Jeff Okerman
Jeff Okerman: Mr. Okerman was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009. He is a rancher south of Miles City. He attended MSU Billings and has taken classes at Miles Community College.

Debbie Morford
Debbie Morford: Ms. Morford was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013. Debbie recently retired after working as the Manager of the Miles City Field Office with the Bureau of Land Management with responsibility for overseeing public lands and resources in 17 counties in eastern Montana. During her 26 year career working for the federal government, Debbie also served as District Ranger, geologist, and firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Montana. She also worked as a geologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Louisiana and as a cartographer for the Department of Defense in Washington DC. She currently works for OptiBlend Industries which provides product and support to the oil and gas industry. Debbie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Colorado State University.

Mark Petersen
Mark Petersen: Dr. Petersen was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. He is the Research Leader USDA-ARS Fort Keogh Livestock & Range Research Laboratory. As the Research Leader, his job responsibilities are to conduct range and range livestock research, supervise personnel and over all operations. Mark has earned a BA in Animal Science/Zoology from the University of Hawaii, MS in Animal Science from the University of Idaho, and a PhD in animal Science from the University of Nebraska. He has received numerous awards including Teacher of the Year - College of Agriculture (Montana State University) 1991, Friend of the Student - College of Agriculture (Montana State University) – 1986.

Trustee Agenda

November 23 2015

Heads UP America Open Forum
October 28, at 3:00 PM in room 106

October 26 2015

September 28 2015

America's College Promise Act of 2015


Scheduled Meetings

August 24 2015

July 27 2015

Trustee Retreat – Tongue River Winery, July 24th 4 – 8:30 and July 25th 9:00 – noon

June 22 2015

May 18 2015

April 27 2015

Accreditation Team Chair meeting with Trustees, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:00 am

March 23 2015

February 23 2015

Trustee Retreat – Holiday Inn Express, February 20th 4 – 8 p.m. and February 21st 9 – noon.

Special Session February 16 2015

January 26 2015

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