Purdy named MPCC president

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Ryan Purdy

NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plain Community College Board of Governors chose to promote from within, elevating the college's Chief Financial Officer to the position of College President, Wednesday evening.

Newly-appointed MPCC President Ryan Purdy has been with the college for 10 years and spent the last nine as the CFO and Area Associate Vice-President of Administrative Services, he was named the college's interim president in January after Dr. Michael Chipps resigned to take a similar position at Northeast Community College in Norfolk.

Purdy brings hands-on operating experience to the position, having been charged with oversight of the college's long rang projects, such as the McCook Community College Events Center and construction of the North Platte Health and Science Center building. He has also overseen the college's human resources and information technology departments, among other duties combined with his budget responsibilities as the CFO.

Purdy told the Gazette this morning that striving to meet the demands of a changing market would continue to be at the forefront of the college's mission.

He anticipated further advancements in the college's business industry training that sought to make it easier for businesses to participate and also saw advances in the McCook fire science program as a similar opportunity.

In addition to naming a new president the board also approved to begin the hiring process for an area Fire Science Coordinator and an Area Events Coordinator, both expected to be based out of McCook. The fire science coordinator will focus on expanding the program's curriculum and recruit from a base of 55 area fire departments.

The events center coordinator will be responsible for planning, promotion, booking and management of MPCC events, as well as the management of the scheduling and inventory software for college rooms and buildings in the MPCC area.

The board also approved an agreement with the Mid-Plains Education Association which calls for a 3 percent increase in their total compensation package for 2012-13 and a 3.5 percent increase in 2013-14.

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