French bids adieu to MCC board

Lynda French

Lynda French

Lynda French has resigned her seat on the Mohave Community College Governing Board.

French submitted her letter of resignation, dated Aug. 27, to Dan Hargrove, board president.

It was short and to the point: "Please accept my immediate resignation from the Governing Board. New opportunities no longer allow me to effectively represent my constituents in District No. 5."

Copies of the letter went to MCC Chancellor Thomas Henry, Mohave County supervisors and Mike File, Mohave County superintendent of schools.

French, of Kingman, became a board member in Jan. 2004. File will appoint a replacement to complete her term, which ends in January 2011.

French was contacted Friday.

She said her busy personal agenda and an accelerated educational agenda were factors contributing to the resignation, which becomes official once accepted by the MCC Governing Board at its meeting Tuesday in Bullhead City.

She said she is especially proud of three things accomplished as a board member.

"I was able to emphasize my primary responsibility was to my constituents and being able to vote no on issues that did not serve them made a positive statement," French said.

"I was able to bring Arizona officials to the Board to provide information on green (energy efficient) building practices and to employ resolutions for those practices when appropriate and directly related to the upcoming bond issue."

"The third thing is that for the past 2-1/2 years I've represented MCC on the Governor's P20 Council that has made significant strides in education. I was the only person on that council from northwest Arizona, so we had a voice at the state level.'

French declined to discuss the new opportunities at which she is looking.

File said he is talking with Henry about the board position.

"We'll discuss a point in time when I'll send out an announcement and post the opening," File said. "I'll also interview applicants, but no time or date for that has been set."

File has appointed people to fill positions on school boards in the past. He has gotten only one or two applicants in some cases and has no idea how many people may be interested in the MCC post.