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MMCC presidential search down to four finalists

The Mid Michigan Community College Board of Trustees has named four finalists in the search for a new president, including two from Michigan. The board narrowed the list from an original pool of 23 applicants.

The finalists include:

Jean M. Bailey, Ph.D. – Director of Educator Development Programs, College of Medicine, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant.

Ronald Granger, M.S. – Associate Vice President and Vice President for Administrative Services, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, Wyoming.

Christine M. Hammond, Ph.D. – Dean of Instruction and Student Success, North Central College, Petoskey.

Ronald D. Natale, II, Ph.D. – Vice President & Provost at Glendale Community College, Glendale, Arizona.

There are five primary areas or “guideposts” that the Board of Trustees decided to look at in the presidential selection process: communication and external relations; finance and business management; general person-centered qualities, such as commitment to MMCC and whether the candidate is goal-oriented; philosophy of education; and orientation to personnel, such as sensitivity to diversity and attitudes on teamwork.

“This has been an impressive search process, yielding a group of exceptional candidates,” said MMCC Board of Trustee Chairman Doug Jacobson.

Each candidate is scheduled to visit the Harrison and Mt. Pleasant campuses for meetings with a variety of college constituent groups including faculty, staff and community members on May 20 and May 21. After receiving input, the seven-member Board of Trustees will make the final decision.

“We look forward to having them visit the area to meet the faculty, staff, alumni and friends who represent this community,” Jacobson said. “The search committee’s extensive screening and review process resulted in an especially strong pool of applicants, and I appreciate the time and dedication each member of the task group contributed to this effort.”

MMCC is in the process of selecting a president to lead the institution after current President Carol Churchill retires in late June. Churchill announced publicly on Nov. 27 that she was retiring. Since then, the search has been on for her successor. She is the fifth president at MMCC and has served for seven years as the college’s president.

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