OREM — Kirt Michaelis has been hired as Mountainland Applied Technology College's new CFO/vice president of finance.

Michaelis replaces Bryce Adams, who resigned in August.

Just three months before he resigned, Adams notified state auditors that MATC employees and a trustee purchased materials and built a float for the Utah County Republican Party. State law prohibits use of public money for political purposes.

In the end, the Utah College of Applied Technology cleared MATC's president, who had been placed on paid administrative leave, of wrongdoing and viewed the parade float incident as isolated.

However, MATC was expected to implement internal controls to prevent a similar situation in the future. Michaelis — who will transition into his new position in January or February — is currently vice president of finance for the Utah College of Applied Technology, which counts nine campuses including the MATC campus.