Moberly Area Community College
|Moberly Junior College|
|Motto||Real Life. Real Knowledge. Real People.|
|Type||Public community college|
|President||Dr. Jeff Lashley|
|Affiliations||National Junior College Athletic Association|
Moberly Area Community College (MACC) is a public community college based in Moberly, Missouri. In addition to the Moberly campus, MACC has five satellite campus sites across a large portion of Northeastern and central Missouri: Columbia, Hannibal, Kirksville, Macon, and Mexico. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2010 MACC enrollment was approximately 5,600 students.
MACC was founded in 1927 as Moberly Junior College as a part of the Moberly Public School system. Temporary facilities housed the classes until 1931 when a permanent building was constructed on 29 acres, which would today be the current MACC campus. The college experienced rapid growth in the 1970s and 1980s, especially after a public vote led to the establishment of a community college district encompassing a 16-county area in northern and central Missouri. During this time, MACC gained accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1990, the school was renamed Moberly Area Community College.
Major campus improvements include the $2.5 Million dollar Fine Arts wing constructed in 1984, providing a new library, classrooms, 600-seat auditorium, and Student Commons area. The Career Center was also expanded by nearly 22,000 square feet, allowing the consolidation of all vocational programs. College Hall, later renamed Komar Hall in honor of longtime MACC President Dr. Andrew Komar, Jr., was built in 1993. The large three-story structure provided space for Administrative and business offices along with new chemistry, physics, and biology classrooms and labs. Fitzsimmons-Johns Arena, named for the two most successful basketball coaches in MACC history, Cotton Fitzsimmons and Maury John, is the home court for MACC Greyhounds men's and women's basketball as well as Missouri high school basketball playoff games and music concerts. One of the newest additions to the MACC-Moberly campus is the McCormick Commons and Residential Center, built in 2007. The 2,700-foot commons provides recreational activities, a computer lab, and laundry room while also serving as the main entry to the men's and women's dorms.
The current President of MACC is Dr. Jeff Lashley. Evelyn Jorgenson, Ph.D held the position from 1996 until her retirement in June 2013. Jorgenson followed Andrew Komar, Jr., Ph.D, who oversaw major growth in the college during his 25 years as president. Doctor Komar serves as President Emeritus of MACC. In November 2012 Jorgensen accepted a position as president of Northwest Arkansas Community College effective July 1, 2012. On December 11, 2012 the MACC Board of Trustees announced that Jeff Lashley, Ph.D would succeed Jorgenson as president effective July 1, 2013. Lashley has been on the MACC staff since 1996, first as an instructor, then as Dean of Academic Affairs, then as Vice-President for Instruction, and now as President.
Columbia - MACC began offering classes in Columbia in 1999. Since 2010, the courses have been offered at the 37,000 square foot Parkade Center, a repurposed shopping mall.
Hannibal - The MACC-Hannibal Area Higher Education Center offers associate degree coursework in education, graphic arts, early childhood development, and computer information technology. An expansion of the Hannibal facility is being planned for the near future, with fundraising efforts ongoing between the Hannibal community and MACC.
Kirksville - The MACC-Kirksville Higher Education Center is housed in a 28,000-square foot building near the Kirksville R-3 school campus. Associate degree programs in nursing, early childhood, graphic arts, computer information technology, and drafting design technology are offered, along with transfer degree programs.
Macon - The newest of the six satellite campuses, MACC-Macon began operation in 2010 as a partnership with Central Methodist University. In addition to the two-year associate degree programs, students can participate in programs leading to a four-year bachelor's degree.
Mexico - The MACC-Mexico Higher Education Center provides a wide range of educational opportunities within its 56,000-square foot facility. The facility includes classrooms, science labs, a full nursing instructional lab with mannequin simulators, a Library and Academic Resource Center (LARC), student commons, administrative and faculty offices and interactive television (ITV/Zoom) laboratories.
MACC offers men's and women's basketball, competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I.
The men's basketball team is one of the winningest programs in junior college history, with four NJCAA Championships—in 1954, 1955, 1966, and 1967-three National runners-up, and four third-place finishes. Through the 2015-16 season, the Greyhounds have 27 national tournament appearances, which ranks second overall. The "Hounds" have recorded the most wins at the National Tournament, with 66. The four championships came under the direction of well-known college and pro basketball coaches Maury John (1946-1958) and Cotton Fitzsimmons (who coached at MACC from 1958 to 1967). Future Div I head coaches Charlie Spoonhour (1972–74), Dana Altman (1983-86) and Jay Spoonhour (2009–12) have led the Greyhounds.
Pat Smith Head Coach MACC stats: Career Record: 648-376. Last two seasons at Moberly Area CC: 52-16. Record at Moberly Area CC: 190-76 (8 seasons). National Tournament Appearances: NJCAA 1993, 1994, 2001, 2003, 2016. Highest National Tournament finish: 5th (2001-02). 10 straight 20 win seasons. NJCAA Region 16 Director. Record at Trinity Valley CC: 126-63 (6 seasons: 2006-12).
The MACC women's team won the NJCAA National Championship in 1982, and have made 13 national tournament appearances. The Lady Greyhounds have had 21 NJCAA All-American selections. 58 players have gone on to play at the NCAA Division 1 level.
- Martha Mears - singer on radio and in films in the 1930s and 1940s who dubbed singing voices for movie stars; graduated in Moberly Junior College's first class
- Mitch Richmond - National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year, six-time NBA All-Star
- Gerald Wilkins - 14-year NBA veteran (1985-1999); Knicks, Cavaliers, Grizzlies, Magic
- Qyntel Woods - professional basketball player who currently plays for AZS Koszalin
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