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Dec. 19

Dec. 19, 2016





Nannette Rodriguez

Associate Vice President for Marketing + External Affairs


Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager



Statement from MCC on the passing of Board of Governors member Tim Dempsey


OMAHA, Neb. – Metropolitan Community College is saddened by the news of the passing of Board of Governors member Tim Dempsey. Dempsey had served on the Board since 2013, when he was elected to represent district three of the five-district area that the College serves in Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties.


In a joint statement between College president Randy Schmailzl and board chair Roger Garcia, they state, “We are deeply saddened by the news of our friend and colleague’s passing. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this time.” 


Vice-chair of the board Ron Hug commented on Dempsey’s passing, “Tim was a family friend. He touched many lives and his passing will leave a void in those lives. Over his lifetime, Tim wore many hats and held many titles. The ones he valued the most were father, grandfather, and husband. My heart and prayers go out to Tim’s family during this devastating tragedy."


The College will work to fill the open seat on the Board of Governors according to state law.


About Tim Dempsey

Tim Dempsey was a retired criminal justice professional and native of Omaha. He graduated from Omaha Central High School, and held a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dempsey also earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from UNO. For more than 25 years, he served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Nebraska at Omaha, College of Saint Mary, and MCC. Tim spent 27 years with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, as well as Department of Corrections. He was also the City of Elkhorn’s final police chief before the city was annexed by the City of Omaha.  Before starting his law enforcement career, Dempsey worked for the Omaha Public Schools in several capacities including working with youth and coaching at Omaha's Technical High School. Over the years, he has served on numerous boards and was a current member of Nebraska's Crime Commission, Juvenile Justice Coalition, and the Douglas County Sheriff's Merit Commission.


About the MCC Board of Governors

The Board of Governors at Metropolitan Community College is composed of 11 members elected to four-year terms. The members represent five districts, with one member at large. The Board governs the College, sets policy, approves the budget and sets the local College tax levy.




Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.