After a national search and an intensive interview process, Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) has named Christine M. Hammond its sixth president.Hammond is currently the Chief Academic Officer at North Central Michigan College, a community college in Petoskey, where she provides leadership in academic programming, faculty relations, corporate and community education, and library and instructional technology. She is planning to transition out of that role in the next few weeks and begin at MMCC on Aug. 4.
“We are very excited to have found such a highly qualified candidate,” said Doug Jacobson, MMCC Board of Trustees Chair. “Chris brings a broad range of experience from various levels of higher education along with a consistent commitment to student success and community involvement.”
Dr. Hammond’s career has encompassed numerous leadership experiences in student and academic affairs across a variety of institutional settings with significant expertise in institutional research, curriculum alignment and development, and strategic planning. She began her career in residence life and student affairs.
After earning her doctorate at Michigan State University, she led the Office of Faculty Development at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, and then served as Executive Director for Administrative Affairs at the Michigan State University College of Law.
For three years, she served as Senior Project Coordinator for Michigan State University’s initiative in Dubai, where she was instrumental in building a strong international team of faculty and staff members and opening access to higher education for students from the Middle East.
Dr. Hammond holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Thiel College, a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University.
Committed to community service, Hammond actively works in the Petoskey Rotary, the Strive Mentorship Program, the MSU Extension Advisory Council, and the Board of the C.S. Lewis Festival. She has served on the Executive Board of the ACE Michigan Network for Women since 1999 and as the State Coordinator for the Network from 2007-2009. She is also a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
Hammond’s husband, Tom, is a professor of political science at Michigan State University. They have two children, Stuart Hammond, a student at the University of Michigan, and Emily Baldie, who holds a Masters in Public Health with expertise in health department accreditation.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve MMCC as its new president,” said Hammond. “The college is a thriving institution that has grown to meet the needs of the region. I’m excited to continue that momentum through leadership that is collaborative, builds on the college’s strengths, and embraces new opportunities.”
Hammond joins the college at an exciting time. This fall, MMCC will open the doors to two new buildings in Mt. Pleasant, the Center for Liberal Arts and Business and the Morey Technical Education Center, and it will launch a new Plastics Engineering Technology program in Harrison. In 2015, Hammond will lead MMCC during its 50th year as a Michigan community college.
Hammond will replace Carol Churchill, who announced her retirement last year after serving as college president for seven years.