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Mid Michigan College, with campuses in Harrison and Mt. Pleasant, has been serving its community since 1965. With state-of the-art facilities, experienced faculty, and knowledgeable counselors, Mid is dedicated to helping students get the most out of every class.

Each year, thousands of students across central Michigan attend Mid. Some are preparing to transfer to a university, others are training for a technical career, and still others are pursuing goals of enrichment. Their motives may be different, but the results are the same – a higher quality of life. 

Mid offers nearly 50 degrees and credentials. Transfer programs are designed for students intending to transfer credits to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. Career programs provide students with the necessary skills and related knowledge to qualify for skilled, technical, and semi-professional positions in business, industry, and the allied health fields. Nearly 35% of Mid’s courses are taken online.

Small classes and highly qualified instructors provide an excellent foundation for a career or continued study. Attending a community college offers the opportunity to more clearly establish career goals and adjust to college studies. Because financial aid and academic support are readily available, Mid can make a college degree both affordable and attainable.

Mid Michigan College is approved by the Department of Education of the State of Michigan and is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504, 1-800-621-7440, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org. Mid follows the Guided Pathways process in order to improve student completion rates.

The earliest activity in providing a community college to serve the Clare County/Gladwin County area began in 1962. Two years later the concept of the College was endorsed by the two local intermediate districts and the five local school districts within the two counties.

In September 1965, a special election was held to obtain community authorization for establishment of the College, to elect a governing Board of Trustees, and to approve construction and operating millage of 1.5 mills to be levied against the assessed property valuation in the voting district. The favorable response of the voters resulted in official approval by the Michigan State Board of Education to establish Michigan's 25th community college.

Construction of the initial $1.5 million instructional facility began in May 1968.

In the fall of 1999, Mid was granted funding for a Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) to serve business, industry and the community. The Center was completed in 2001 and provides open-entry training for employees and potential employees of industrial and construction trades. 

One of the main goals of the College is to better serve students, thus helping them achieve success. This goal was recently achieved with the addition of the Student Orientation and Academic Readiness (SOAR) Center which opened in August 2004. This Center consolidated student services and academic support in one building to provide more comprehensive, coordinated service centered on student needs.

Recognizing the growing need for skilled healthcare professionals, Mid opened the Herbert D. Doan Center for Science and Health Technologies in the Spring of 2008. Located on 44 acres in Mt. Pleasant, the Doan Center is a vital part of Mid's effort to expand its highly respected nursing program and establish new health programs.

Further expansion at the site of the Doan Center has made that site the home of the new Mt. Pleasant Campus. An addition to house student services (built on the same concepts as the Harrison Campus SOAR Center) was completed in March 2011. The Center for Liberal Arts and Business opened in August 2014 to complete the renovations at the Mt. Pleasant Campus. Further, the Morey Technical Education Center opened in Fall 2014 to allow the college to meet workforce demand by providing technical training in the central Michigan area.

The Harrison Campus has undergone renovations to better meet the needs of the community and to better utilize the budget. Renovations to Harrison will be complete in February, 2020.

Currently, Mid is expanding into areas, both contiguous and non-contiguous to the current service area in an attempt to provide post-secondary offerings to areas currently not covered by a community college district. Services include both dual enrollment and non-dual enrollment offerings as well as non-credit workforce development offerings. This is consistent with Mid’s mission of empowering learners and transforming communities and with the State of Michigan's overall goal of increasing the number of degrees earned.

Quick Facts

Campus Profiles

Harrison Campus

Harrison Main Building, S.O.A.R. CenterThe original Mid Michigan College building houses faculty offices and classrooms, including nursing, welding, CADD, and automotive labs, as well as student services, library and learning services, the student center and the fitness center. Large and small meeting spaces are also available for the public to reserve.

Center for Medical Imaging Studies Newly created in 2012, this facility supports Mid’s Radiography and MRI programs with updated equipment and technologies and a modern appearance that simulates a clinical setting.

Technical Education CenterThis facility houses Plastics Technology, Machining, and HRA/HVAC skills labs, and includes flexible spaces for rapid training in trade and technical skills. All of these labs have been installed, improved and updated since 2011.

TrailsLocated on 560 acres of wooded land, Mid’s Harrison campus offers mountain biking, running, and walking trails for public use. There are four trails that make up the system. For maps and usage guidelines, visit Mid's Walking & Biking Trails.

Mt. Pleasant Campus

Center for Student Services (CSS)Connecting the Herbert D. Doan Center and the Center for Liberal Arts and Business, the CSS (constructed in 2011) houses advising, financial aid, admissions, registration, and the campus bookstore.

Center for Liberal Arts & Business (CLAB)Completed in 2014, the CLAB includes classrooms and faculty offices for liberal arts, business, and technology areas, a 200-person community room, and the campus’ library and learning services, which includes a writing and math center.

Morey Technical Education CenterCompleted in 2014, this training facility houses welding and CADD skills labs and includes flexible spaces that offer a range of rapid training programs in trade and technical areas. The Small Business Development Center, a regional resource for current and aspiring entrepreneurs, is also located in this building.

Herbert D. Doan Center for Science & Health TechnologiesConstructed in 2008, this building was the first erected on the Mt. Pleasant campus. It houses state-of-the-art nursing and PTA skills labs, modernized science and pharmacy tech labs, and a number of classrooms and lecture halls.

Mission and Core Values

MISSION STATEMENT We develop knowledge and ability to empower learners and transform communities.

CORE VALUES. THEY GUIDE OUR ACTIONS At Mid, we have principles and ideals that guide our actions. These are our Core Values, and they reflect the mission, purpose, philosophy, and beliefs of Mid Michigan College. In many cases, our personal values are consistent with Mid’s Core Values. Living the Core Values helps us to succeed in our mission. Our Core Values are people, integrity, learning, community, and excellence.

People Mid creates opportunities for all people by treating them fairly and respectfully. We believe that by valuing diversity in people and ideas, we grow more insightful and compassionate. We maintain open access to education and provide caring, inclusive, and safe learning spaces that promote global considerations, equity, and equality.

  • We honor the successes and contributions of students, employees, and teams across the College.
  • We provide resources and opportunities that promote student and employee success, growth, and advancement.
  • We are open to all viewpoints and participate in College governance and initiatives.
  • We approach situations and people flexibly and with empathy, compassion, and respect for all individuals.

Integrity Mid values trust-building through ethical decision making, transparency, and honesty. We keep our commitments, act consistently and fairly, and make evidence-informed decisions that promote our mission. We are forthright and accountable to our students, employees, and constituents.

  • We are consistent and dependable in our communication, processes, and follow through.
  • We take responsibility for our actions, decisions, and the processes that led to them.
  • We commit time to being informed and to informing the College community.

Learning Mid values the transformational power of learning. We inspire and empower lifelong curiosity, growth, and achievement through teaching and learning. Both within and beyond the classroom, we are student-centered. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of academic rigor and excellence so that students can make a better future.

  • We make learning engaging, interactive, and relevant.
  • We encourage and invest in lifelong learning, both professionally and personally, for our employees, community members, and students.
  • We respect different learning styles and support each student and employee in actively engaging with their own success.
  • We encourage growth mindsets so that students and employees have the courage to innovate.

Community Mid values community and building collaborative relationships. We are careful stewards of our own resources, and we invest in meeting our communities’ needs for more engaged, skilled, and thoughtful citizens. Through strong and innovative partnerships, we support economic vitality and broaden our reach.

  • We create resources, events, activities, and educational programming to benefit and engage our communities.
  • We strive to be active and positive forces in our communities through volunteering, civic engagement, and service.
  • We prepare our students for gainful employment that strengthens the workforce and communities.

Excellence Mid maintains the highest standards. We promote innovation so that our contributions are relevant and meaningful today and in the future. We stay adaptable and responsive to the needs of those we serve, because we serve an ever-changing world. We encourage creative solutions and new, bold approaches. We engage and value passionate leaders at all levels of the institution, because we believe that we are stronger together.

  • We commit to communicating with all departments to achieve excellence.
  • We investigate and engage in best practices.
  • We make careful decisions that consider our impacts on our students, employees, and communities.
  • We give timely and specific feedback to improve student and staff performance.

Opportunity Overview

With the retirement of Dr. Christine M. Hammond, Ph.D., the Mid Michigan College Board of Trustees announces their search for the next President. The President selected by the Board will be a proven communicator, who fosters constructive dialogue on issues, welcomes beneficial feedback, and encourages a climate of collaboration within a shared governance system.

The President must be able to communicate the vision and lead multiple constituent groups in changes that will ensure its success. The President will have a strong, yet transparent, leadership style focused on innovation and the success of all community college students. In addition, the President will be a courageous decision maker who is empathetic and possesses a high level of emotional intelligence.

This leader must have experience with budget reduction processes that include gathering input from constituency groups and effectively communicating the financial stresses facing the institution. The President must approach budget insufficiency with creativity and be able to explain decisions that are made.

The College is located in a rural setting; a leader with experience and an understanding of the challenges that are faced in rural environments is critical. Through a commitment to the community college mission and lifelong learning, the President will lead the College in developing programs that are innovative and meet the unique needs of the sites and their communities.

Required Qualifications/Experience

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university required, with a Doctorate being preferred.
  • Three years of senior–level administrative experience, preferably in community colleges.
  • Experience vetting existing internal and external programs, managing evolving programs and creating new initiatives.
  • Strong working knowledge of finances and budgets, preferably within an institution that is heavily reliant on student tuition and facing decreased state resources and declining student enrollment.
  • Understanding in HR functions including collective bargaining and contract administration.
  • Teaching experience is preferred.

Preferred Characteristics

  • Committed to promoting and leading within a culture of student-centeredness and student success.
  • Understands rural communities and culture.
  • Ability to lead an organization that is increasingly less dependent upon state and tax funding and understands underutilized and alternative sources of funding.
  • A goal oriented, energetic and decisive leader who has the skills to gather input and build consensus.
  • Community-oriented and eager to reach out to local business leaders to develop relationships that create partnerships valuable to local communities and Mid.
  • Ability to direct and participate in initiatives that foster relationships and establish partnerships with legislators, as well as local and national government officials.
  • Visionary and innovative with the ability to evaluate and develop programs within the spirit of shared governance.

Application Process

Printable Profile

Please direct inquiries and nominations to the College’s search consultant: Angela Provart, President Pauly Group, Inc., 3901 Wood Duck Drive, Suite E Springfield, IL 62711, Phone: 217-241-5400, Fax: 217-241-5401, E-mail: aprovart@paulygroup.com.

Please submit electronically to aprovart@paulygroup.com the following documents as Adobe Acrobat or MS Word attachments: (1) a cover letter that addresses the Opportunity Overview; (2) a current résumé; and (3) names and contact information of five professional references.

The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Friday, February 28, 2020 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.

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