In brief

GOP Lincoln Day event

FLINT — The Genesee County Republican Party will hold a Lincoln Day Dinner, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. that is 100 percent open to the public — both Democrats and Republicans.

The dinner will be held at the Riverfront Banquet Center, 1 Riverfront Center West, in Flint. The show honors Abraham Lincoln’s end to slavery as well as the Lake Fenton High School band. There will also be a cash bar, local entertainment, a blind auction and the organization known as Community Parent (who works with preventing the youth from trying drugs and works collectively with the Michigan State Police).

Lt. Governor Brian Calley will be the keynote speaker and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will be the special guest if they have any questions, as many residents do.

Tickets are available in advance. Visit for details. — G.G.

MCC presidential search narrowed to four

FLINT — The search for a new President for Mott Community College to replace retiring President Dick Shaink took a big step forward with the announcement of the names of the four finalists for the position. The four finalists (in alphabetical order) are as follows:

Dr. L. Tiffany Evans currently serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at South Piedmont Community College in North Carolina. She holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, a Master of Arts in Non-Profit Management from the University of Akron, a Master of Arts in History and Art History from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from John Carroll University.

Dr. Paul F. Gasparro currently serves as Vice President for Student Success Initiatives at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio. He holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Arts in Computer Resource Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from Colorado Technical University.

Dr. Derrick Manns currently serves as Vice President for Academics at Louisiana Community and Technical College System in Louisiana. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Toledo as well as Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea currently serves as Senior Vice President for Student Services at Montgomery College in Maryland. She holds a Ph.D. in Child Development from Texas Woman’s University, a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Virginia State University. — G.G.

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