MCTC president leaves on eve of Downtown campus merger

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May 21, 2002 // UPDATED 1:20 pm - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

Minneapolis Community and Technical College president Phillip Davis has accepted the presidency of Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado.

Davis, who has been MCTC president since 1998, has been a driving force in the co-location of MCTC, 1501 Hennepin Ave., with Metropolitan State University, now at 730 Hennepin. "The goal is to bring the academic programs and staff support services from 8th and Hennepin that Metropolitan State has there to our campus down Hennepin," Davis said.

Davis is currently working to secure a $9 million capital request to support co-location efforts that is in the bonding bill. At press time, Governor Jesse Ventura could still veto the appropriation.

Davis said that accepting the Colorado college presidency came from a compromise with his wife. "My wife, for a very long time, deferred her own professional and personal interest in working in the Rocky Mountain region so I could stay in Minneapolis," Davis said. "So we've agreed some time ago that we would make the move. This opportunity came up and it's been a great match for her and for me."

Although Davis will be leaving MCTC, he said, "I think the co-location that we've been working on for the last two years will continue to move forward."