MCC Lee’s Summit Campus Names Ryan Crider as Next President

Ryan Crider will become the president of the Metropolitan Community College-Longview campus in August. Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Community College.

Posted April 29, 2024

Metropolitan Community College-Longview campus in Lee’s Summit will get a new president in August.

Ryan Crider, vice president of instruction and student services at MCC-Longview, will become the campus’ president this August, pending Board of Trustees approval, according to a Friday release. Crider will succeed Kathrine Swanson, who is retiring.

Swanson, who joined in 2015, was appointed campus president in 2021.

Crider, a Missouri native, joined MCC in 2018 as dean of instruction at Longview. In 2021, he served a one-year stint as interim vice president at MCC-Blue River and MCC-Business & Technology. Cider returned to the Longview campus as vice president in 2022.

As vice president, Crider was responsible for strategic campus planning and supervising all instruction and student support.

Before joining MCC, Crider served as the English department chair at York Technical College for over four years, a developmental studies coordinator at East Central College for two years, an English instructor at South Louisiana Community College for over two years and a Ph.D. fellow and Ph.D. assistant at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for almost four years, according to Crider’s LinkedIn page.

Crider holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Missouri State University, Springfield, according to the release.

“MCC plays a transformative role within our region, and I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to this mission as Longview campus president,” Crider says. “In the coming months and years, I look forward to engaging with our community stakeholders and working with my campus colleagues to ensure we are doing all we can to serve the needs of our students, while also responding to the needs of local business and industry partners.”