Joseph Seabrooks Jr. is leaving the community college where he has been for four years, but he is remaining close.

Joseph Seabrooks Jr. is leaving the community college where he has been for four years, but he is remaining close.

The president of MCC-Blue River has been named president of MCC-Penn Valley in Kansas City. Seabrooks has been interim president of Penn Valley since December.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to play a significant role in building upon MCC-Penn Valley’s legacy – a legacy of empowering students to make their aspirations and dreams permanent realities,” he said

Seabrooks became the president of MCC-Blue River in 2007, following the retirement of Malcolm Wilson. Before coming to Blue River, he was the assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, working with the learning center, first-year experience program, international students and the office for non-traditional and commuter students. He also worked with pre-college programs and student support services at the university.

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Seabrooks worked for his alma mater between 1995 and 2005, serving in several positions, including the executive director for the diversity in action office and assistant director of alumni and constituent relations.

“During his interim assignment at MCC-Penn Valley, Dr. Seabrooks demonstrated a passion and vision that made it obvious he was the perfect person to assume the presidency of the Penn Valley campus,” said Mark James, chancellor of the Metropolitan Community College system. “I am confident that this appointment will mean great things for MCC-Penn Valley.”

MCC-Blue River has more than 3,500 students and is home to the Public Safety Institute and firefighter training programs. It also offers an academic resource center, the Education Center and Campus Center buildings, the Trailblazers men’s and women’s soccer teams and music and theater programs.

Seabrooks will remain as interim president of MCC-Blue River. A national search will be started in the next couple weeks to find a permanent replacement for Seabrooks.