Michael Kearns, President
Dr. Michael J. Kearns received a doctorate of dental surgery from Case Western Reserve University Dental School, an MBA from Cleveland State University, and a bachelor of science degree from John Carroll University. Following 24 years in private practice, Dr. Kearns accepted the position of founding director of the MCC Dental Hygiene program. He was later advanced to dean of Bullhead City Campus of MCC, and then to vice chancellor of instruction for MCC. Prior to his move to MCC, he had also served as the dental director of the Cleveland Development Center, as a faculty member for Lorain County Community College, and a board member for a public library and a school district.
He was appointed for three years to the Commission for Communication and Marketing of the American Association of Community Colleges, serves on the executive committee of Arizona Community College Coordinating Council, the Mohave/La Paz Counties Local Workforce Investment Board, is co-chair of both the Getting AHEAD Project, Oversight Committee and the Joint Council of Presidents, has served on Arizona Ready Council, the Arizona Governor’s P-20 Coordinating Council, chairman of the Arizona Community College Presidents Council and he served for five years on the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center Board of Directors.
Diana Stithem, Executive Vice President
Dr. Stithem is an experienced community college administrator with a proven record in leadership, technical skills, budget and business operations, compliance management, project management, higher education accreditation, instruction, curriculum, assessment, student services, workforce development, adult basic education, sales and service, and professional writing. As dean of the MCC distance education campus, she grew online learning to regional accreditation for all programs, with two members of her team winning NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) recognition on the way.
Her experience prior to MCC includes teaching, directing and supervising law students in clinical programs, legal practice in insurance law, family law and other civil areas. Dr. Stithem holds a Juris Doctorate, cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of Wyoming, where she was a member of the law review and the legal services clinical director.
Following graduation from law school, she served as a staff attorney at the Wyoming Supreme Court. She also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wyoming and has completed all coursework toward a Ph.D. in adult and higher education. During the late 1990s she served as the State of Wyoming Director of Adult Education and state GED administrator, and was an editor for the Journal of Adult Education. Her B.S., cum laude, is in Public Administration, from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Prior to her work in law and education, Dr. Stithem managed a family insurance business.