Position opens up on Mohave Community College board

May be filled in November election

KINGMAN - Mohave Community College's District 4 representative, Travis Lingenfelter, voluntarily resigned his seat prior to the most recent board meeting.

Lingenfelter said he notified the board of his resignation in a letter dated March 13.

"The time has come for me to narrowly focus my attention on business initiatives, which will make it impractical for me to devote the required time and energy to the position that our students and our college deserve from a trustee," Lingenfelter wrote in his resignation letter.

Lingenfelter expanded on those business initiatives in an interview, saying his temporary lobbyist position with Mohave County is time-consuming, and he also has plans for an upcoming business venture.

"On Fridays, which is when we have our meetings, I can't physically be in two places at one time," Lingenfelter said. "And there's some private business I'm going to try and push forward toward the end of the year."

Appointed in January 2010 to represent District 4 and 5, Lingenfelter was later elected in 2012 to solely represent District 4, which includes portions of Kingman and the Davis Dam area.

Lingenfelter highlighted several initiatives in his resignation letter he thinks will be especially fruitful for the college in years to come: The college's partnership with the Kingman and Mohave Manufacturing Association, the creation of the college's mobile manufacturing training unit, and the creation of the I-40 Corridor Coalition focusing on local and regional economic development.

Lingenfelter also noted the board's work on reducing the college's outstanding debt, allowing additional strides in learning equipment and facilities for students, notably the Detroit Avenue Center, the Legacy Building in Bullhead City and the new Lake Havasu City facility.

"Travis is a very smart, dedicated young man, and he has always put forth his best effort for the college," said college President Michael Kearns. "He was always confident in his ability to understand what the issues were, and spent time preparing so he could participate, and help guide the college, and ask good questions."

Finding a replacement for Lingenfelter is another matter.

Normally, a representative from each of the five districts serves a six-year term on the college's board, which is an unpaid position, according to Kearns.

But since the board drafted and posted the agenda prior to receiving Lingenfelter's resignation letter, Kearns said there was not enough time to schedule a discussion on how best to fill Lingenfelter's vacant seat.

State statute provides a couple of options for educational institutions when a trustee's seat is vacated during mid-term, Kearns said:

• Let Kingman Unified School District Superintendent Roger Jacks pick a replacement, or;

• Approve a ballot measure for District 4 voters in Kingman and elsewhere to decide on a replacement during the November elections.

"The county school superintendent picks a replacement, or you can wait until the next election cycle, and this year will be our next election cycle, so I'm not sure what this board is going to do," said Kearns. "There is no requirement that you have to fill a vacancy at any particular amount of time."

The issue will be discussed at the next meeting in April, said Kearns, and if the board decides to leave the decision up to voters, qualified candidates must live in District 4, similar to other elected representatives who must keep primary addresses in their respective districts.