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President - Randy Schmailzl

Randy Schmailzl
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

Randy Schmailzl came to MCC in April 1989 as the director of enrollment management, records and placement. He became the dean of student services in 1995. In March 1998, he became provost and was named executive vice president in July 2001. On Aug. 25, 2009, he was appointed the president of MCC.

Schmailzl started his career as a high school teacher, administrator and coach in 1976. He moved on to the field of higher education as a faculty member, administrator and coach.

Schmailzl earned a bachelor´s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He went on to earn his Master´s Degree in Counseling, Administration and Higher Education from South Dakota University.

Schmailzl´s goal is to provide successful work and learning experiences for students and staff. He has been involved with setting up the Opportunities | Jobs | Careers Program and the initial Enrollment Management Office and its systems.

Schmailzl said MCC offers many unique opportunities. "Although I am not in the classroom, I strive to make a difference for students and staff through my daily activities," he said.


Executive vice president

Executive Vice President - Jim Grotrian

Jim Grotrian
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

The executive vice president works directly with MCC´s president on major College issues and with other College administration on a day-to-day basis. The executive vice president oversees operations in facilities, public safety, public affairs, public policy, master plan, events, development, business operations and is involved in community relations.

Jim Grotrian served as vice president of public policy and community development at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce prior to returning to MCC as executive vice president. Grotrian spent 13 years at Metropolitan Community College as the director of enrollment management, the executive dean of campuses and student services and the vice president for external relations. He earned his Bachelor's in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Master's of Arts in Education from the University of Nebraska–Kearney.


Vice president for academic affairs

Vice President of Academic Affairs (Interim) Tom McDonnell

Tom McDonnell (interim)
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

The vice president for academic affairs is the College´s chief academic officer who oversees all activities in more than 100 credit programs at the College and leads full-time and adjunct instructors in course and curriculum development resulting in course and program offerings. The vice president for academic affairs is responsible for standards in academic programs and provides leadership for continued faculty growth and development.

McDonnell began as dean of humanities and visual arts at MCC in 2008. His career in community colleges began in 1990 when he took a supportive professional position at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, where he worked with students at the college's campus radio station. He quickly moved into the faculty ranks and ultimately served in a split role as both faculty and program director for mass communication. He earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Journalism from Iowa State University in 1985, a Master's of Arts in Communication from Eastern Illinois University in 1995 and a Doctor of Education. from Northcentral University in 2012.


Associate vice president for academic affairs

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs - William K. Owen

William K . Owen
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

As associate vice president for academic affairs, Owen provides leadership in the areas of external relations with employers and community members and internally in the areas of articulation, assessment, facilities master planning and budget preparation and monitoring for Academic Affairs.

Owen was previously the dean of applied technology for MCC. His experience includes leading community and industry partnerships that resulted in the opening of the Applied Technology Center, 104th and State streets, and the Washington County Technology Center, Hwy 30 and Hwy 75, Blair, Nebraska; spearheading industry training agreements with Lozier, Valmont, Hormel and OPPD; and teaching technical curriculum in electrical, manufacturing and industrial controls.

Vice president of administrative and instructional delivery systems

Mary Wise, Ed.D.
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 3

As vice president of administrative and instructional delivery systems, Mary Wise oversees Continuing Education, Training and Development, Instructional Design Services and Human Resources.

Wise joined MCC in 1977 and has held many positions including division chairperson, campus manager, assistant to the vice president of educational services, associate vice president of instructional services and vice president of technology and administrative services.

Before she came to MCC, Wise was an associate professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska–Lincoln, as well as having taught in elementary and secondary education.

She has a Bachelor's in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master's degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she went on to earn a doctorate in Educational Administration, Instruction and Curriculum.

A career highlight has been the Higher Learning Commission granting MCC full accreditation. "I worked with all of the accreditation self-studies and visits at the College," she said. "I worked with faculty on program and course development and development of the online courses."

Wise said she appreciates MCC's team atmosphere, the ability to solve problems in positive ways, the service MCC provides to the community, the innovative and creative environment, employees' sense of humor and the beauty of the Fort Omaha Campus.


Vice president for campuses and student affairs

Vice President of Campuses and Student Affairs - Arthur Rich

Arthur Rich
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

As vice president for campuses and student affairs, Arthur Rich oversees operations at MCC's three campuses and four centers, including student services, enrollment and records, student life and student housing.

A Boston native, Rich previously served on the Board of Directors of the Methodist College of Nursing in Peoria, Illinois, and has professional experience at Florida State University, Salem-Teikyo University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Edison Community College and Iowa Wesleyan College. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Northeastern University in Boston and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University.


Associate vice president for equity and diversity

Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity - Cynthia Gooch

Cynthia Gooch
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 15N

As associate vice president for equity and diversity, Dr. Cynthia Gooch oversees affirmative action, equity and diversity and intercultural education.

Gooch earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. She received her Master's in Family and Mental Health Counseling at the University of the District of Columbia and a Bachelor's in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her scholarly interests include equity, retention and access in postsecondary education with groups that have been historically discriminated against, disenfranchised and marginalized.


Associate vice president of human resources

Maureen Moeglin
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 32

As associate vice president of human resources, Maureen Moeglin provides oversight for all human resource functions, ensures compliance with applicable federal and state laws and works collaboratively across the College to develop and improve human resource programs and services for the benefit of the faculty and staff.


Associate vice president of development

Associate Vice President of Development - Patricia Crisler

Patricia Crisler
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 1

As associate vice president of development, Patricia Crisler provides strategic and operational leadership, direction and oversight for the College´s development, grant writing and fundraising efforts.


Associate vice president for student affairs

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs - Maria Vazquez

Maria Vazquez
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

As associate vice president for student affairs, Maria Vazquez assists the vice president for campuses and student affairs with providing administrative direction and supervision of collegewide Student Affairs staff.

Vazquez has held several positions at MCC: dean of students, dean of South Omaha Campus, student services director at the South Omaha Campus and coordinator of Nebraska Corrections Education Connection. She was the first Latina to serve on former Omaha mayor Mike Fahey's cabinet as director of the Greater Omaha Workforce Development. She was a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Ben Nelson serving as a statewide community liaison with the Latino and general populations. She also worked as an education counselor at the Chicano Awareness Center.

Vazquez holds an associate degree from MCC and both a Bachelor's and Master's in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is currently in the doctoral program in educational administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


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