Mohave Community College President Dr. Michael Kearns and Director of Financial Aid Shannon Sheaff have each been asked to serve on national committees that impact federal decisions on higher education. Dr. Kearns has been chosen to serve on a national community college committee that provides opinions and recommendations to impact federal decisions on educational services, policies, and positions. The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) appointed Dr. Kearns to serve on the Advisory Committee of Presidents. His term began on Jan. 1, and he will be eligible for reappointment in October 2016. “It is a profound honor to be able to represent Mohave Community College, Mohave County, and Arizona on the ACCT Advisory Committee of the Presidents,” said. Dr. Kearns. “This opportunity allows me to carry the messages of rural community colleges in Arizona and the Southwest to Washington, D.C.” The ACCT is a nonprofit educational organization of governing boards that represent more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States, according to the ACCT website. The Committee of the Presidents, which meets annually, provides presidential perspective to the Chair of the ACCT. The Committee is comprised of four member presidents from each of the five regions. “President Kearns extensive experience in academic leadership, and his keen awareness of contemporary issues facing community colleges make him an excellent choice for appointment to the ACCT Advisory Committee of Presidents,” said MCC Board of Governors President Dr. Julie Bare. Dr. Kearns has also served on the Commission for Communication and Marketing of the American Association of Community Colleges, the executive committee of Arizona Community College Coordinating Council, the Mohave/La Paz Counties Local Workforce Investment Board, the Getting AHEAD Project Oversight Committee, the Joint Council of Presidents,
Arizona Ready Council, the Arizona Governor’s P-20 Coordinating Council, the Arizona Community College Presidents Council and on the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center Board of Directors. MCC Director of Financial Aid Shannon Sheaff has been chosen to participate in upcoming negotiated rulemaking with the U.S. Department of Education. Sheaff will represent two-year public higher education institutions as a non-federal negotiator. The negotiating committee will prepare proposed regulations to establish a new Pay as You Earn Repayment Plan for those not covered by the existing Pay as You Earn Repayment Plan in the Federal Direct Loan Program. Additionally, the negotiating committee will establish procedures for Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loan holders to use to identify U.S. military service members who may be eligible for a lower interest rate on their FFEL Program loans under section 527 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The committee is scheduled to meet monthly in February, March, and April. “MCC has been communicating regularly with the U.S. Department of Education during recent years to work toward an improved alignment of college and federal policies that govern student aid,” Sheaff said. “It is a privilege for me to be able to contribute to proposals that could potentially impact colleges nationwide.” “Shannon Sheaff has successfully coordinated the turn-around of the student loan default challenge for MCC, and her success in that endeavor is recognized by her participation on the negotiating committee,” Dr. Bare said. “The Governing Board is honored to have both President Kearns and Ms. Sheaff selected to represent Arizona community colleges and the Southwest on significant national committees.” For more information about MCC, go to www.mohave.edu.