MCC will benefit with Cundiff aboard

Dr. Lynn Cundiff is moving to our community to become MCC's newly appointed vice chancellor of administration. He will be new to our community but not new to higher education. He is a highly successful veteran, having received his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in Educational Leadership and was involved in postdoctoral work at Harvard and Oxford universities.

Among other positions held, Cundiff was executive vice chancellor of the Alabama College System (36 colleges), president of Floyd College in Georgia (5 campuses), and president of Salt Lake Community College in Utah (12 campuses).

The White House recognized Cundiff as one of the most "high-tech" college presidents in the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives honored Cundiff for Leadership and Personal Commitment to Education. Microsoft chief Bill Gates cited Floyd College as a showcase for how technology can be used in education. Cundiff testified before the White House Staff on Technology. He was also nominated and selected to carry the torch for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Cundiff served on various boards including the prestigious Microsoft Advisory Board and the American Student Association of Community Colleges Advisory Board. The Utah Information Technologies Association invited him to be their guest speaker where they introduced him as "a proven technology leader and accomplished author in the education sector."

Newspaper articles have cast a shadow on Cundiff when he was a community college president, yet the audit conducted by the commissioner of higher education of Utah and by the state of Utah found no non-compliances or wrong-doing.

Our students, our college and our communities will benefit from Dr. Cundiff's knowledge and experience. We are looking forward to working with him to help make our college the best. Please welcome him to our communities with open arms.

Victor Wakimoto, secretary of Mohave Community College Board of Governors