Administrator Biographies


President - Randy Schmailzl

Randy Schmailzl

Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

Randy Schmailzl came to Metropolitan Community College 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.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Schmailzl 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.

"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

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.

Vice president for Academic Affairs

Vice President of Academic Affairs Tom McDonnell

Tom McDonnell

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 Effectiveness and Engagement

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs - William K. Owen

William K . Owen

Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

As associate vice president for effectiveness and engagement, 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 Services


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 services at MCC's three campuses and four centers, including advising, counseling, services to students with disabilities, learning support, student advocacy and accountability.

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 master's of Science 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-Grayson

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.

Cynthia 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.


Senior Aide to the President

Associate Vice President of Development - Patricia Crisler

Patricia Crisler

Fort Omaha Campus, Building 30

After serving the College in a variety of capacities since 1998, including K-12 partnerships, community education, workforce training, research, grants and fundraising development, Pat Crisler provides strategic and operational support to the College president and executive vice president. She also provides administrative leadership to the Institutional Grants Office.


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 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.