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Dr. Kimberly Beatty Named MCC Chancellor

Dr.KimberlyBeatty-HeadshotThe Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Kimberly Beatty to be the institution’s eighth chancellor, succeeding Mark James.

Dr. Beatty comes to MCC from Houston Community college, where she currently serves as vice chancellor for instructional services and chief academic officer.

Mark James, who has led the five-campus system since 2010, will retire at the end of June. He joined MCC in 2009.

Trent Skaggs, president of the MCC Board of Trustees, complimented Dr. Beatty on her strategic leadership skills, “laser-like focus” on student success, community service, as well as her “keen ability to anticipate and respond to changes” in the higher education landscape.

“Dr. Beatty distinguished herself by the range and depth of her experience, having served as a tenured professor, program manager, academic dean, senior student services administrator and chief academic officer at four of the nation’s best community colleges,” Skaggs said.

Dr. Beatty will be introduced to the Kansas City community at an event June 19, at Union Station. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

“Having the opportunity to serve as MCC’s chancellor marks the high point in my career, not because it’s the highest position but because I believe MCC and the Board of Trustees’ values align with mine. That’s important to me,” Dr. Beatty said.

“I look forward to working alongside the faculty and staff to advance MCC’s mission to support our students and community.”

The new chancellor is expected to join MCC this summer.

In making the announcement, Skaggs, speaking for the Board of Trustees, also thanked Chancellor Mark James for his service and leadership.

“Chancellor James guided MCC with a steady hand through some turbulent financial times,” Skaggs said. “He has also surrounded himself with strong leaders who focus on student success.”

Dr. Beatty comes to MCC with 28 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, including 21 years of progressive leadership experience at community colleges in California, Virginia and Texas. She has also served as a tenured associate professor in English.

A three-time graduate of Morgan State university in Baltimore, she holds a Bachelor Arts and Master of Arts in English and an Ed.D. in higher education, with a specialization in community college leadership.

MCC launched a national search for the new chancellor at the beginning of 2017, and the Board of Trustees named a Chancellor Advisory Screening Committee, made up of trustees, employees and a student. Representatives of higher education executive search firm Spelman Johnson held listening sessions with employees on each campus in February and March.

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Voters Continue To Express Their Concerns Over Building Or The Need To Build A New Airport

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
About 150 people gathered on Monday, June 5, at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural center, to share their thoughts and receive information on the future of Kansas City International airport.
Some of those who addressed the City Council’s Infrastructure and Transportation committee spoke about the convenience of the current three terminal system, while others spoke of building a one terminal airport that would be more modern.
Others spoke on the decrease in gates that would result in less competition among other airlines wanting to connect to other flights or land in Kansas City.
A former vendor at KCI told THE CALL that the current three terminal system is not good for small businesses.
“I operated a stand at the airport and eventually went out of business,” he said.
“If you are in the terminal that has Southwest airlines in it there is a great deal of traffic and business owners will make good money. But, if you are in a terminal with Alaskan Air you will struggle because it will be one of the slow or lower traffic terminals. I am definitely in favor of a one terminal airport,” the businessman said.
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Howard Chase IV Gets Two Life Sentences In Angel Hooper’s Homicide

kansas city call howard chaseA Jackson County judge on Friday, June 2, sentenced Howard Chase, 21, to two life sentences plus 30 years for his convictions in the Oct. 2014 murder of 6-year-old Angel Hooper in south Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced.
A jury convicted Chase in April of Murder 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.
The judge also sentenced Chase to two counts of life in prison for the Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action convictions, plus 15 years sentences for the Unlawful Use of a Weapon and second Armed Criminal Action convictions. The judge set those sentences to run concurrently.
A co-defendant, Leandre Smith, was sentenced earlier this year to 23 years on Murder 2nd, 15 on the Unlawful Use of Weapon and 10 years on each ACA.
The judge set those sentences to run concurrently. The defendant will be required to serve at least 85 percent of that time in prison.
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