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Board of Trustees names choice for new MMCC president

Christine Hammond, Dean of Instruction and Student Success at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, is the Mid Michigan Community College Board of Trustees’ selection for the college’s next president.

Doug Jacobson, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said that the board has authorized contract negotiations with Hammond, who was one of four finalists to replace current president Carol Churchill, who will retire at the end of the month.

Jacobson made the announcement at a retirement celebration June 15 honoring Churchill’s seven years of service as president. Several hundred people, including MMCC faculty and staff as well as numerous community members, attended the event at the Doherty Hotel in Clare.

Jacobson praised Churchill for her diligent work at the college and in the community before announcing that contract negotiations were under way with Hammond. Hammond also was the top choice of eight interview teams, comprised of more than 70 MMCC staff and faculty as well as local businessmen, politicians and community leaders. The teams interviewed the four finalists in late May and made recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Jacobson said he is hopeful that negotiations will wrap up within two weeks and the board will be able to announce Hammond as MMCC’s next president.

Hammond has an extensive career in the education field spanning more than 30 years and including experience in strategic planning and budgeting, academic affairs, institutional research, and student services, according to her March 11 letter to the Presidential Search Task Group. She received her doctorate in higher education administration in 1994 from Michigan State University, where she was employed as an administrator for more than 17 years.

At MSU, she served as executive director of the MSU College of Law and was senior project coordinator of MSU’s Dubai Initiative, which included setting up extensive educational programs in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region.

In 2010, Hammond moved to North Central Michigan College, where she has been leading the college’s instructional activities.

The search for a new president at MMCC began after Churchill announced publicly on Nov. 27 that she was retiring. A national search was initiated to locate a successor. Churchill is MMCC’s fifth president.

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