Mid Plains Community College names interim president

Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors officially accepted Dr. Michael Chipps’ resignation Jan. 20, releasing him from his duties as president effective immediately.According to Ms. Benjamin, "Dr. Chipps is very excited about starting this new phase of his life and we believe that it is in the best interest of both Northeast Community College and Mid-Plains Community College to assist him in realizing his next set of professional goals as quickly as possible."In a separate resolution, the Board unanimously selected Ryan Purdy, MPCC's current Area Associate Vice-President of Administrative Services to fill the position as the College's interim president until such time the Board appoints a permanent president. According to Ms. Benjamin, "Ryan is well versed in the legislative issues involving the funding formula, and has been in charge of the budget, human resources, the college's computer information services and college operations for over nine years. He is also the primary owner representative for the two major construction projects. It is very clear to me that the Board believes in him and is confident that he will do a great job."According to Ms. Benjamin, the Board wants to take as much time as it needs to find the right president for the college. "We know that we'll need that special individual with skills necessary to fulfill Board goals and priorities and to grow the college". In the meantime, the college will continue to complete its current initiatives. "Right now, we have a number of major projects on the college's docket," said Ms. Benjamin. "We have two major building projects currently under construction in McCook and North Platte and are still actively trying to complete the funding for the two new projects. We have just begun renovations on a new extended campus facility in Ogallala. We have plans to launch new programs, and revised current programs yet this spring. But first and foremost, we need to insure that we continue to be focused and dedicated to providing quality teaching and learning in our 18-county service area. The Board has full faith in its faculty and staff to handle their jobs and a firm belief that our employees will continue to provide strong leadership and commitment to serving our student needs, " she added.Dr. Chipps had submitted his resignation to the Board, effective April 9 after announcing that he had accepted the president and CEO position of Northeast Community College located in Norfolk and northeast Nebraska. He came to MPCC in 2002 as the VP of North Platte Community College and then subsequently was selected to serve as its president in May 2003 and has held that position for the past 9 years.