Rich Mountain Community College
City of Mena, Arkansas

Rich Mountain Community College
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Rich Mountain Community College
1100 College Drive
Mena, AR 71953
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Mission:  Rich Mountain Community College exists to provide all citizens of the Ouachita Mountain Region with exemplary educational and enrichment opportunities to improve the quality of life and standard of living.

Welcome to learning more about Rich Mountain Community College.  We, the students, faculty, staff, administration and Board of Trustees of Rich Mountain are proud of the college's heritage, its excellence in education, and its caring atmosphere.

Rich Mountain Community College is a learning-centered college dedicated to student's achieving at the highest level of their ability and effort.  This dedication is the soul of the college's vision and mission.  Everyone at the college contributes to the successful realization of making RMCC a learning-centered institution.

As a comprehensive community college, a broad range of programs, services, and learning opportunities are provided for you and the other citizens of our service area.  Thos programs and opportunities include:  transfer and technical degrees and courses; professional, workforce, and personal development; Adult Basic Education; English as a Second Language; GED; student support and outreach programs; and financial aid including grants and scholarships (federal, state and local).

We look forward to your enrolling and becoming a part of RMCC.  The learning experience from RMCC will go with you throughout your lifetime.  If you need help, please let us know.  All questions are important.


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History and Heritage

Rich Mountain Community College is located on the eastern edge of Mena-a town with a population of approximately 6,000 and is set in the Ouachita Mountain range on the west central border of Arkansas.  The campus site was originally obtained by the citizens of the are for Rich Mountain Vocational-Technical School, established in 1973 to serve Polk, Scott and Montgomery Counties as a postsecondary vocational-technical school under the Arkansas Department of Vocational Education.  Vocation-Technical Division classes began in the new buildings in 1975 with Dr. Mary Louise Spencer as the first president of the school.

Henderson State University also began an off-campus program in Mena during 1975 offering 60 hours of academic courses, which could be transferred to four-year institutions.

The Arkansas Legislature, by Act 16 of 1983, approved combining Rich Mountain Vocational-Technical School and the Henderson State University off-campus program to form a new, comprehensive community college. On April 12, 1983, the voters of Polk County approved a 5-mill tax to establish the Polk County community college district.  Rich Mountain Community College opened on July 1, 1983, as a new institution with Dr. Spencer as the first president and 250 students attending college.

The original campus consisted of one vocational-technical building.  Construction of an instructional building was completed in 1986 and is now known as the M. L. Spencer Building.  Bill Abernathy was installed as the second president in 1987.  Under President Abernathy's leadership, the campus saw growth in facilities and in the development of comprehensive community college programs and services.  In 1992, a student services building was opened and was later named in Abernathy's honor.  In 1995, the St John Library expansion doubled the library's original floor space.  The vocational-technical building was renovated in 1998 and dedicated to Representative Ode Maddox, who was the author of Act 16 of 1983 to create the college.  Branch sites were also established in Waldron, Mt. Ida and Wickes.

Rich Mountain Community College was fully accredited through the North Central Association for Colleges and Universities in 1990 and maintains full accreditation today.

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RMCC Board of Trustees

 Executive Committee

Chair: Randolph Emerson
Vice-Chair: Sharon Cole
Secretary: Melinda Richardson
College President: Dr. Wayne Hatcher

Planning Committee Finance Committee Policy Committee
Bill Pitchford
Steve Schulte
Randolph Emerson
Carole Martin
Melinda Richardson
Cheryl Boyd
Patrick McDaniel
Sharon Cole
Lawrence Philpot

Board Members

Rick Chrisman
Term: Elected 2008
Position: #1
Vickie Stanley
Term: Elected 2008
Position: #2
Pete Chambers
Term: Elected 2008
Position: #3
Melinda Richardson
Term: 2005-2010
Position: #4
Lawrence Philpot
Term: 2005-2010
Position: #5
Cheryl Boyd
Term: 2005-2010
Position: #6
Sharon Cole
Term: 2001-2012
Position: #7
Patrick McDaniel
Term: 2001-2012
Position: #8
Carole Martin
Term: 2001-2012


RMCC Foundation

 Executive Committee

Chair: Joe Murgola
Vice-Chair: Gary Boone
Secretary (Board of Trustees appointed member): Sharon Cole
College President: Dr. Wayne Hatcher
Investment Committee Chair: Gar Eisele

 RMCC Foundation Board Members

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Paula Brotherton
Gar Eisele
Phillip Hensley
Monta Philpot
Norma Rocha
Janie Childress
Tawana Gilbert
Kathi Miner
Darryl Smith
Gary Boone
Travis Dollar
Amye Hebert
Karen Mosier
Joe Murgola
Ashley Vacca
Randolph Emerson, Board of Trustees Chair
Sharon Cole, Board of Trustees Vice-Chair
Dr. Wayne Hatcher, College President

The Vision of RMCC Foundation

The RMCC Foundation is a strong viable organization that develops and stewards relationships and funds to empower individuals in helping improve lives and communities through education.

The Mission of RMCC Foundation

The mission of the Rich Mountain Community College Foundation is to provide resources from the private sector in support of the goals of the college.

 Philosophy and Scope of RMCC Foundation

The Foundation focuses on four primary objectives to fulfill the purposes of its mission:
  • Raising awareness within the community of the mission and role of Rich Mountain Community College
  • Raising awareness within the community of the mission and role of the RMCC Foundation
  • Raising funds for scholarships that increase access to a college education for full and part-time students based on merit and financial need
  • Raising funds to enhance a wide range of academic programs that improve the educational experience of students and provide cultural opportunities for the community
  • Raising funds that enhance the buildings and grounds of the college
For more information about the RMCC Foundation, please contact the President's office at 479.394.7622 ext 1212 or send an email to

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