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College Overview

Kansas City Kansas Community College is a centrally located public 2-year institution in northeast Kansas. Within the city limits of Kansas City, Kansas, the College is conveniently located within Wyandotte County.

A flexible schedule of course offerings is provided to meet the needs of its students. In addition to regular day and evening courses, KCKCC offers classes in the late afternoon, on Saturdays, in the summer, online, and at mid-semester. KCKCC has two extension sites at 1) the Pioneer-Leavenworth Career Center, 1905 Spruce in Leavenworth, Kansas, and 2) Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas.

Our College serves approximately 9,800 students annually with its programs and course offerings for both transfer credit and non-credit. 58% of our students reside within the county, 35% come from other Kansas counties; 5% from Missouri, and 2% from other states.

The average age of students at KCKCC is 29 with 58% of the student body female and 41% male. Culturally, 48% are Caucasian; 25% are African-American, 17% are Hispanic; 3% are Asian/Pacific Islander; and 7% are American Indian or multi-racial, respectively. Full time students comprise 37 % of the student body; 63 % attend part time.

Faculty members at KCKCC are committed to the philosophy of a 2-year college, have studied at colleges and universities both in the United States and in foreign countries, and bring years of practical, “real-world” experience to the classroom.

Academically, KCKCC offers four Associate degrees that provide the foundation for nearly all 4-year degrees. In addition, many 1-year programs and Certificate programs are offered. Students may enroll in pre-professional programs (i.e., pre-dentistry) and transfer to a four-year university or college, or earn a 1-year Certificate or 2-year degree and enter the work force.

Fast Facts



Kansas City Kansas Community College is a public, urban, open-door, and comprehensive community college committed to excellence in education. Through an accessible and supportive learning environment, the college mission is to provide education and lifelong learning to the varied communities, primarily in its service area of Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties.


Kansas City Kansas Community College commits itself to:
  • An appreciation for multicultural education, respect for diversity and the enhancement of positive human relationships among its students, faculty, staff, and the larger community.
  • Development of a caring and concerned community based upon the principles of fair treatment, open communication, and cooperative efforts.
  • Accessible, affordable, convenient opportunities designed to serve the interests and needs of our students and communities.
  • High academic standards and high expectations for faculty and student performance through accountable, value added experiences.
  • Alternative support programs and services to assist students in reaching their goals.
  • Openness to innovation and change at every level and in every unit throughout the college environment.
  • Emphasis on quality through efficient, effective, fiscally responsible education and services and on-going professional development.


Kansas City Kansas Community College seeks to fulfill its mission by providing:
  • An educational environment that encourages a strong commitment to high academic standards that sustain and advances excellence in learning and encourages challenging, innovative, and varied programs, teaching methods, and delivery systems; enhances student intellectual and social development to the fullest extent possible; and stresses the attitudes, behaviors, responsibilities, and skills required for effective learning and citizenship in a multicultural democracy.
  • Transfer education in the liberal arts and sciences that enables students to pursue a baccalaureate degree.
  • Career education in a technical or professional field that enables students to achieve a certificate and/or associate degree.
  • General education and support services that expand students’ social, cultural, ethical, and intellectual horizons through the investigation of the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Continuing education that enables students to achieve and maintain workforce credentials, and to enhance personal growth and cultural enrichment.
  • Developmental education that enables students to improve basic learning skills in reading, writing, and mathematics to make satisfactory progress toward educational objectives.
  • Community services that offer cultural and recreational activities, provide access to college facilities, and that serve as a planning, research, and resource center to the college’s varied communities.
  • Education and support services that are responsive to the needs of the college’s service area, including educational systems, business and industry, community agencies, and other post-secondary institutions.
  • Student support services that assist students in achieving their educational objectives through quality advising, counseling, financial aid, enrollment services, tutoring and access.
  • Multicultural environment that reflects and respects diversity and seeks to increase understanding and appreciation of differences.
  • Administrative and institutional support services that continuously assess and evaluate college policies, procedures, and practices to ensure that the College is fulfilling its mission and achieving its purposes.
  • Activities that encourage student and community involvement geared to broaden occupational, social, political, cultural, aesthetic, athletic, and recreational interests.
  • Campus environment that promotes the teaching and learning process through accessible, comfortable, safe, and well-maintained facilities.

Campus Profiles

Our Campus and Centers
Kansas City Kansas Community College is a centrally located public 2-year institution in northeast Kansas located within Wyandotte County. Our campus facilities are second to none including state of the art equipment, sport fields, and housing. The campus also places an emphasis on safety of students through a dedicated police force. In addition, KCKCC has a number of partnerships with local high schools and offers classes at each of their locations to high school students.

Main Campus
The College campus located at 7250 State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, was built in 1972; since that time, additional buildings have been constructed. In 1996, most buildings on campus were renamed. In 1977, the Performing Arts Center, which houses a 363-seat Little Theater, was dedicated. The Nursing Building was completed and dedicated in March of 1981. The Community Education Building was completed in the fall of 1986. The Jack Flint Hi-Tech Building was completed and dedicated in the spring of 1992. The Wellness Center, which was opened in the spring of 1992 in the gymnasium, quickly outgrew its space and has been located in the Allied Health Building since 1996. The AHB was renamed in 2016 to the Health Professions Building. Construction on the new Jewell Student Center began in the fall of 1994, and many of the Student Services offices moved in at the beginning of the 1996 Spring Semester. By spring break, all Student Services had relocated to the new center.

Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center
The Technical Education Center (TEC) was completed and opened in the fall of 2013. The Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center (TEC) offers over 20 high demand career programs in a state of the art 130,000 square feet complex. The TEC offers hands-on technical skill training programs which lead to certificates and employment in office and computer technology, service and health occupations, or trade and industrial fields. TEC curriculum is aligned with business and industry standards. Advanced students may participate in work-based learning experiences or internships. Leadership skills are also developed through opportunities with national student organizations.

Leavenworth - KCKCC Pioneer Career Center
Offering both technical certificate and associate degree programs, the Pioneer Career Center is open to community members seeking further educational career opportunities as well as eligible juniors and seniors at Leavenworth High School. High school students will have the chance to take classes in a “hands-on environment” while earning college credit at the same time. Credits earned at the career center can be used toward earning an associate’s degree at KCKCC or can be transferred to other educational institutions. Tuition for current high school students is free, although there might be additional fees for some of the programs. Transportation will be provided by the Leavenworth School District.

Programs that will be offered at the Pioneer Career Center include:
  • Culinary Arts
  • CNA / CMA
  • Construction Technology
  • Office Assistant
  • Building and Property Maintenance
  • Major Appliance Repair
  • Electrical Technology
  • HVAC


Required Qualifications
A Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education; Administrative experience at the senior executive level.

Preferred Characteristics
A Doctorate in the field of Higher Education or related areas highly preferred; teaching experience at the higher education level.

Opportunity Overview

The Board of Trustees of Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) is seeking a President who will lead the College with strong communication skills and a clear vision for the future. Important traits for the successful candidate include energetic, humanistic, innovative, and ambitious characteristics with strong collaboration, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities.

Leadership and communication
  • Proven communicator, who fosters constructive and open dialogue on issues, welcomes and encourages collaboration; and has experience and understanding of the culture of shared governance.
  • Demonstrated success in communication that fosters trust with all internal and external communities. In addition, the President must be visible, caring, accessible, approachable and fair-minded, practicing a track record of active listening to all constituencies. He/she must be the face and the voice of the College with all internal and external constituencies.
  • The new President will possess and articulate a commitment and passion to the mission of community college and to that of KCKCC. He/she must be able to acclimate to the culture of the college and develop strong bonds within the external community.
  • Further, the next President will have a proven track record of team building that focuses on outcomes. He/she will be accountable to the trustees and to all members of the college and the community. This includes empowering individuals through professional development and the promotion of excellence to achieve the highest standards of performance in teaching and learning and especially the advancement of student success.
  • The future President will have demonstrated skills in strategic thinking and planning; transparency initiating processes and policy will be of utmost importance.
Student Success
  • Students and their successful attainment of educational goals must be a priority for the new President. Outreach to and appreciation of students at all levels of capabilities is necessary.
  • Demonstrated experience in enrollment growth and improved graduation rates are significant factors for the future President. It is anticipated that the next President will be able to work with and support the achievement of students from all walks of life and economic backgrounds.
  • The College is seeking a President who is approachable to students, visible in the hallways, and takes pride in attending and supporting student activities. The President is willing and able to be a role model for students. He/she will provide ways for all students to feel valued and be successful.
  • The leader of KCKCC will be able to demonstrate proven ability to initiate and expand partnerships with external constituencies including K-12, businesses, government, economic development and other segments of the community.
  • The President will actively participate in initiatives that help to improve both the image and outcomes of KCKCC’s mission. He/she will help to unify aspects of the academic and technical education courses to present and deliver a successful mechanism for the College to become a vibrant force and vocal partner within the external community.
  • The President will appreciate and demonstrate that marketing is everyone’s job. As the Chief Executive Officer, the President is the cheerleader for engaging the entire external arena in awareness of the mission and vision of the College.
  • Given the current economic and legislative realities, the President will show acumen and experience in advocating for the College and finding innovative and successful alternatives for fund-raising.
  • As KCKCC is rapidly becoming the most diversified College in the region if not the State of Kansas, the President will be committed to achieving the goals of diversity, inclusiveness and innovation throughout the internal and external constituencies of the service area.
  • The next President will provide outreach opportunities to underserved and under represented populations.

Application Process

Printable Position Profile

Please direct all confidential inquiries and nominations to the College's search consultant, Marsi Liddell, Pauly Group, Inc., 3901 Wood Duck Drive, Suite E, Springfield, IL 62711, EMAIL: marsil@paulygroup.com, Phone: 970-590-2044, FAX: 217-241-5401

Please submit electronically to marsil@paulygroup.com the following documents as MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments: (1) a cover letter that addresses the Opportunity Overview; (2) a current résumé; and (3) names and contact information of five professional references.

The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Friday, February 2, 2018 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.

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