Inauguration to present new MCC president


Though he’s well into his second month at the helm of Miles Community College, newly appointed President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein will be officially welcomed to the school on Friday.

Klippenstein will be inaugurated as Miles Community College’s eighth President on Friday at 3 p.m. on the college’s campus in Room 106. The community is invited and encouraged to attend this event.

“The idea for an inauguration ceremony came out of the leadership we had for our presidential search committee,” said MCC Board of Trustees Chair Sue Stanton. “They felt it would be a neat event to get things off to the right start with our new president. It will give the community a chance to meet Dr. Klippenstein if they haven’t already, and give him the chance to outline for the community the direction he’d like to see MCC go in and what he brings to the table.”

The Inaugural events will kick off with Sarah Pett, harpist and MCC coordinator of student success and disabilities support services, playing music and performing the opening processional. The National Anthem will be sung by MCC student and Phi Theta Kappa President Lena Sleight. Stanton will provide the welcome.

“I’m very excited to have Sarah Pett start us off with some harp music,” Stanton said. 

“It should just be a very energizing time, not mourning the past, but moving on to some exciting new beginnings. [Former President] Stefani Hicswa cast a long shadow, but the quality initiatives set out for the college are still there. Now the job is to continue to get the word out to the public what an exceptional institution we really do have. We think Stacy is the guy to get that message out, and we as a board are really looking forward to working with him.”

Special greetings to Dr. Klippenstein will be delivered by John Cech, deputy commissioner for two year and community college education, Sen. Eric Moore and Mike Simon, Dawson Community College president. Representatives for Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh will provide messages from the senators to Dr. Klippenstein.

“This is a special and historic time for the college to host the inaugural events and introduce our new president to the community and officially welcome him into our institution,” said Kylene Phipps, MCC human resources director. “We are honored to have Montana’s senators and representatives in attendance either in person or through written messages as well as representatives from OCHE [Office of Commissioner of Higher Education], the Montana University System and community college leadership.”

After formal introduction from MCC Trustee Jeff Okerman, Klippenstein will be formally installed by Stanton as the eighth president and will take the oath of office. Upon doing so, Klippenstein will address the crowd with his inaugural address. 

Stanton will close the Inauguration events and a reception will be hosted afterward by the Associated Students of Miles Community College. Stanton said she hopes the event will be an inspirational one for the college and the community alike.

“MCC Board members Mark Peterson and Jeff Okerman were both on the search committee and really ran with this idea,” she said. “They thought it was just a really good way to get off to a positive start, to do something different. We’re just really looking forward to Friday.”