MCC interim president named

Dr. Lori Berquam Dr. Lori Berquam, MCC Executive Vice President, serves in new role

MESA, Arizona – Jan. 29, 2020 – Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Interim Chancellor, Dr. Steven Gonzales, names Mesa Community College Executive Vice President, Dr. Lori Berquam, MCC interim president. She will serve in her new role beginning Feb. 1, 2020.

Prior to making his decision Dr. Gonzales visited MCC to meet with a range of stakeholders and leaders from the college’s shared governance structure.

“Dr. Berquam’s extensive leadership experience coupled with the support she has earned from college leadership, students and employees for advancing key initiatives, namely student success, makes her a strong and very logical choice as MCC’s interim president,” said Dr. Gonzales. “She will provide strong leadership and ensure that key priorities continue to thrive at MCC.

Berquam has more than 30 years of leadership experience in higher education. She is actively engaged in advancing MCC institutional priorities including guided pathways; shared governance; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and strategic planning.

Dr. Richard Haney, who served as MCC president since July 2018, submitted his resignation earlier this month.

“While Dr. Haney was not with our System long, his impact was significant. We will miss his leadership, passion to serve our students and his friendship,” said Gonzales.

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Mesa Community College is nationally recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College and is known for service learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. The college has served as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning throughout it’s 50-year history. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs online, and at its two campuses and additional locations. Through Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services, MCC is transforming the ways it champions student success, college completion, university transfer and career attainment or advancement. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution and more than 50% of its students are the first in their family to attend college. Its American Indian Institute serves 22 federally recognized Arizona tribes and more than 30 out-of-state tribes. The diverse student body includes more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to successfully compete in the workforce. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, MCC is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Visit to learn more.

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District. MCCCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, visit

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020