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  PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH INFORMATION AND PROCESS


The Board of Trustees has announced that the search is underway for the next President of Miles Community College. Applications and nominations for the position of President are currently being accepted until the position is filled.

Click here to view the College and Presidential Prospectus for this position.

The first review of candidates will begin October 1, 2019. The position will remain open and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to make a confidential inquiry, please contact:

  • Kylene Phipps, MCC Dean of Administrative Services & Human Resources
    PhippsK@milescc.edu | (406) 874-6292

Please read all the requirements for the Application so as not to be disqualified.


    Click here to view the complete College and Presidential Prospectus for this position.


    The following table summarizes the 2018-2019 academic year demographics of Miles Community College:

    Miles Community College Demographics, 2018-2019
    Average Age 24.5
    Annualized Headcount 946
    Annualized FTE 456.5
    Degree-seeking Headcount 582
    Non-degree-seeking Headcount 79
    Early High School/Concurrent Enrollment 285
    Full-time Degree-Seeking Students 336
    Part-time Degree-Seeking Students 246
    Average Student Credit Load 13.15
    Total Custer County Students 265
    Total Montana Students 582
    Total Out-of-State Students 82
    Male Students 290
    Female Students 656
    Caucasian Students 828
    Native American Students 22
    Hispanic, Asian, African-American Students 38
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 19
    Students in Transfer Programs 364
    Students in Career-Technical Programs 218
    Degrees Awarded Spring 2019 129
    NCLEX Pass Rate for Nursing Class of 2018 75% Pass Rate


   MCC Guidelines for the Selection of a President

    Hiring Authority The members of the Miles Community College Presidential Search Committee are comprised of:
    • two members of the MCC Board of Trustees
    • one administrative representative
    • one faculty representative
    • one staff representative
    • one student representative
    • one Foundation Board representative
    • two community representative

    Search Committee Duties
    • Retain strict confidentiality regarding the work and discussions of the committee during and after the conclusion of the process.
    • Participate in the development of documents describing the needs of the institution, the type and style of leadership desired, qualifications and the job description for a president.
    • Review the applicant pool, identify viable candidates; checks references if necessary.
    • Narrow pool to approximately three to five, invite and host finalists for campus and community visits and complete open reference checks.
    • Issue a report of findings to the Board of Trustees.

    Interim President
    • The Interim President may not be a candidate for the permanent presidency.


    There is no more important decision in the life of an institution than the selection of a new leader.

    The MCC Board of Trustees values a high quality search that expects to yield a highly qualified, dynamic new President. Members of key constituency groups for Miles Community College should have an understanding of the process that is being utilized to ensure that the college has a diverse, robust and highly qualified candidate pool from which to select its president. Following is a summary of the search process. This Process is also available as a downloadable Adobe PDF File

Miles Community College has a history and culture all its own. Understanding that distinctiveness, the strengths and challenges that the college experiences, and the conditions and environment in which it exists, is key to finding the individual uniquely qualified to be the next president. The board will hold forums for MCC employees, students and the community to help determine the qualities valued and expected of the new President.

For approximately six weeks, the President position will be open to candidates. This highly confidential process includes contacting individuals by telephone, letter and email to seek nominations of higher-education professionals, nonprofit executives, business professionals and government leaders whose experience, competence, style and character indicate they would be a good fit for Miles Community College.


About seven weeks into the search process, the search committee will begin to review the candidate pool and move the most highly qualified candidates forward in the search process. Using uniform, objective evaluation instruments, the committee will identify candidates who meet the criteria and qualifications of the position announcement.

The stages of review include:

  • Assessment - Search Committee members review and assess the submitted material to ensure that applicants have the appropriate qualifications and background to be considered serious candidates for the presidency of Miles Community College.

  • Semifinalist Review - At this point, the search committee reduce the candidate pool to a qualified group of semifinalists.

  • Reference Checks - Search Committee conduct thorough reference checks, speaking with individuals who have worked for and with the candidate.

  • Preliminary Interviews - The search committee will interview a small group of outstanding candidates to assess their competencies, presence, fit and interest in the college..

  • Campus Visits - At this stage, three to five candidates and perhaps their spouses are invited to visit the campus and meet with college constituencies. The search committee will compile data on the reaction of college constituencies to each individual and submit the feedback to the Board of Trustees.


While part of the search process is identifying the candidate the college needs and wants, an equally important part is making sure the top candidate wants to become a part of the history of Miles Community College. The Search Committee Chair facilitates the establishment and nurturance of a relationship between the institution and its leading candidates.


    Date   Action
    August 13, 2019 Public Listening Session
    August 14, 2019 Public Listening Session
    August 26, 2019 Faculty & Staff Listening Session
    August 26, 2019 Board of Trustees approve Presidential Position Profile
    September 1, 2019 President position is officially open
    September 16, 2019 Student Listening Session
    September 23, 2019 MCC Board of Trustee charge to presidential search committee
    October 1, 2019 First review of applicants begins
    November 8, 5:15 p.m., MCC rm. 316 Community open forum for finalist Dr. Sandra Kiddoo
    November 13, 5:15 p.m., MCC rm. 106 Community open forum for finalist Dr. Diane K. Duin
    November 15, 5:15 p.m., MCC rm. 316 Community open forum for finalist Mr. Ron Slinger

    An important step in the presidential search process is the development of a Presidential Profile. Miles Community College held public "Listening Sessions" on Tuesday, August 13th and Wednesday August 14th. "Listening Sessions" were also held for the Faculty and Staff on August 26th. The student "Listening Session" is scheduled for September 16th.

    These sessions allowed us to listen to your input and assist with the development of the Presidential Profile. The entire college community was encouraged to participate in these wide-ranging discussions about the qualities, characteristics, and qualifications we are seeking in the next President, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing Miles Community College in the years to come. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions about the presidential search process.


   The Presidential Search Committee will have a significant role in finding MCC's new president.

    The Presidential Search Committee will be responsible for reviewing the confidential applications, interviewing semifinalists, and identifying the final candidates to submit to the MCC Board of Trustees for approval.

    The committee consists of representatives from across the College, including the Board, employee groups, students, and community members. The members of the Presidential Search Committee are:

    Board of Trustee Representatives
    • Debbie Morford, Search Committee Co-Chair
    • Jeff Okerman, Search Committee Co-Chair

    Presidential Search Facilitator
    • Kylene Phipps, Dean of Administrative Services & Human Resources

    MCC Executive Team Representative
    • Erin Niedge, Dean of Enrollment Management & Educational Support Services

    Faculty Representative
    • Sarah Kloewer, English Instructor, Associate Dean of Instruction and Distance Learning

    Staff Representative
    • Danielle Dinges, Director of Financial Aid & Admissions

    Student Representative
    • Sarin Hoppe, ASMCC President

    Foundation Board Representative
    • Sheryl Cathey

    Community Members
    • Erika Swanson, SCL Holy Rosary Healthcare
    • John Laney, Miles City Chamber of Commerce

    This is a confidential search process.

    Candidates should submit:

    • Letter of application (4 pages or less) that succinctly addresses how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you to serve as president of Miles Community College
    • A Vision statement outlining the future of Miles Community College under the candidate's leadership (2 pages or less)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Reference list with the names, addresses, home and business telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least five professional references.


    Please submit all application materials to Kylene Phipps, Dean of Administrative Services and Human Resources, Miles Community College, 2715 Dickinson Street, Miles City MT 59301 or you may e-mail your application materials to humanresources@milescc.edu.

    The first review of candidates will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. The position will remain open and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Miles Community College is an equal opportunity employer.


    Three Finalists Set to Interview for MCC's Top Position


    Finalists from Kentucky, South Dakota and Colorado will be coming to Miles City beginning Thursday, November 7, with aspirations of becoming Miles Community Colleges ninth president.

    "It was very impressive to see such a strong and diverse pool of applicants from around the country," remarked Debbie Morford, MCC Board of Trustees Chair and co-chair of the search committee. "It speaks volumes as to how MCC is viewed nationally across the community college landscape, especially given our recent success during President Klippenstein's tenure."

    Over the past five-years, MCC has completed some major projects and initiatives, including construction of a new Ag Advancement Center, renovating the former armory into the Workforce Readiness Center, all while seeing consistent enrollment growth and student success. In fact, this fall MCC was one of only two higher education institutions throughout Montana to realize increased enrollment.

    "Our next president will be inheriting an institution in good standing but we certainly aren't looking for someone who is going to rest on our laurels," stated Trustee Jeff Okerman and search co-chair. "It will be imperative for our next president to be a dynamic and innovative leader with the skills to not only ensure MCC succeeds, but also help Custer County and Eastern Montana flourish."

    Sandra KiddooOn Thursday, November 7, MCC will host Dr. Sandra Kiddoo. At present, Dr. Kiddoo serves as the Vice President of Academics at Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) in Hazard, Kentucky. HCTC educates nearly 3,200 students each year by headcount on multiple campus locations, offering more than 200 degrees, diplomas, and certificates. HCTC is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Dr. Kiddoo is directly responsible for leading the academic programming, planning and development. To view her application visit, www.milescc.edu/PresidentSearch/Kiddoo.pdf

    Diane K. DuinThe next finalist visiting Custer County on November 12 is Dr. Diane K. Duin. Dr. Duin currently serves as Vice President for Academics at Presentation College (PC), a private, faith-based institution, in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Duin oversees the planning, development, and assessment of 27 academic programs. She leads three academic divisions, which encompasses 38 full-time faculty and approximately 24 adjunct faculty, serving just over 800 students by headcount annually. PC is a multi-campus institution with ten athletic programs participating in the NAIA division. Her application can be viewed at www.milescc.edu/PresidentSearch/Duin.pdf

    Ron SlingerOn Thursday, November 14, Mr. Ron Slinger will be visiting Miles City. Mr. Slinger serves as Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Strategic Partnerships, and Workforce solutions at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC), in Arvada and Lakewood, Colorado. Slinger oversees government relations, community relations, alumni relations, the RRCC foundation, grants development and strategic partnerships. RRCC is part of the Colorado Community College System and delivers associates and certificate degrees to a student body with an average annual headcount near 10,000. To view his materials visit, www.milescc.edu/PresidentSearch/Slinger.pdf

    The Miles City Community will have an opportunity to engage and evaluate all finalists during a series of community open forums. The finalists open forums are as follows:


    "The Board of Trustees is proud of the search committee's commitment and diligence with identifying the best candidates to come on-campus and interview for this pivotal position," commented Morford. "As our region's college we kindly ask that the community take time to assist the Board of Trustees in hiring the ninth president by attending and providing valuable feedback during the community open forums."

    The search for the president will remain open until filled. Applications continue to be reviewed by the search committee on a weekly basis.

    For additional information regarding the search process, please contact Dean Kylene Phipps at phippsk@milesscc.edu or call 874-6165.