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Missouri Community College Association Appoints Springfield Official as Director

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Springfield Chamber administrator has been selected new executive director and CEO of the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA).

The MCCA released a statement Friday indicating that Rob Dixon will assume his role as executive director of the organization on Jan. 19, 2015. He replaces Zora Mulligan, who served as MCCA executive director for four years and is now chief of staff for the University of Missouri System.

Dixon has served as executive vice president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce since 2013. He’s a community college graduate, former U.S Marine and adjunct instructor at Ozarks Technical Community College. He also served as the chamber’s vice president of business assistance and executive director of the Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce.

"Rob has actively supported community colleges throughout his career," said Cliff Davis, chair of MCCA’s Presidents/Chancellors Council and president of the OTC Table Rock Campus. “His experience in governmental affairs, economic development, strategic planning, and workforce development will be invaluable as he leads MCCA and promotes the growth and development of Missouri’s community colleges.”

In 2011, Dixon received MCCA’s Distinguished Business/Industry Award for his support of Ozarks Technical Community College and the mission of community colleges across the state.

“Missouri’s community colleges have been instrumental in my life and in the lives of my family,” Dixon said. “It is a tremendous honor to have been selected for this position and have the opportunity to serve the Missouri Community College Association. MCCA has an outstanding leadership team and dedicated members, and I very much look forward to working together with them.”

The Missouri Community College Association is a professional education association designed to promote the growth and development of Missouri's community colleges and community college employees. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.

Scott joined KSMU in November 2012. He had previously served five years as news director for KETR-FM, the public radio station in Commerce, Texas. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Scott enjoys producing human-interest stories, among other pieces that educate and engage the community. When not at work, he’s often taking part in outdoor activities, exploring new areas and restaurants, or staying up-to-date with the latest news and information. Scott was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa.