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.
James Malm, Executive Vice President
Dr. James R Malm awarded the Doctor of Management degree from the University of Maryland as an Orkand Research Fellow after earning Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees in Commercial Recreation and Tourism from Penn State. He has traveled extensively in Europe, East Africa, China, Japan and North America, summiting nearly three-dozen mountain peaks above 14,000 feet.
Prior to beginning as Executive Vice President at MCC in December 2016, Dr. Malm was the Associate Vice President of the Albany County Campus for Laramie County Community College and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in management and public administration. He formerly served Colorado State University-Pueblo as the Dean of Continuing Education, The Community Colleges of Baltimore County as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Division of Continuing Education & Economic Development and Penn State Harrisburg in the alumni, development and marketing communications offices. He began his professional career as a white water river guide and municipal park superintendent in Pennsylvania.
His community service interests span voluntary contributions to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Board of Directors, Palmer Land Trust Board of Trustees, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Local Advisory Committee and Rotary International, along with honorary chairs at Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs as the Dean of Ivywild University and Zymurgy Institutes.