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Organization and Background

The mission of the College is to provide a transformational learning experience designed to increase the capacity of individuals and groups to achieve intellectual, social, and economic goals. The vision is to be a first choice provider of educational services, a competent organization, functioning with integrity, behaving strategically, and providing value beyond expectations.

Schoolcraft College was established in 1961, and now serves the Livonia, Plymouth-Canton, Northville, Garden City and Clarenceville school districts. The college was initially named the Northwest Wayne County Community College, until 1963 when it was renamed in honor of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. Since its inception, Schoolcraft has had four presidents leading the path for student enrichment, community enhancement and employee engagement.

Every college experience is enriched by the individuals students encounter along the way. While Schoolcraft is an open enrollment college, the focus is to create an environment of innovation and education that focuses on excellence in our students, faculty and staff.

Throughout our campus, you’ll find more than 30,000 students enrolled in both credit courses and Continuing Education and Professional Development courses. The external communities, the Board of Trustees, Foundation, administration, full-time and adjunct faculty, and staff are all focused on providing an excellent educational experience for everyone.

Schoolcraft College offers classes, certificate programs, associate degrees in more than 70 different majors, as well as a Culinary Arts bachelor’s degree. Some programs are designed to lead directly to employment and others are a natural fit for those students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. Flexibility in class scheduling is important to our students who are often trying to fit a college education in around busy work and family schedules. That is why we offer day and evening classes, and 15-week, 12-week and seven-week courses. Since 2015, the College has added 38 new certificate and degree programs, including Brewing and Distillation Technology, Mechatronics, Fitness Leadership, Plastic Technology and Supply Chain Management.

Classes are offered in a variety of formats including traditional lecture and lab sessions, online courses, Open Entry/Open Exit and hybrid to meet the needs of nearly every student. The Continuing Education and Professional Development department offers courses and programs that foster personal enrichment, professional growth, and personal health and fitness. Classes are available online and on-campus, with course lengths varying from one day to several weeks, including evenings and weekends. Some programs prepare the learner for employment and lead to a professional certificate or credential.

Quality is always in focus to provide students with best in class learning and services, using in-person and remote learning methods. In its most recent review, fall of 2019, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) deemed Schoolcraft to be in good standing for the next ten years.

Schoolcraft creates a well-rounded educational experience that encourages students to make connections on campus and in the community. The Student Activities Office organizes dozens of special events, activities, programs and community service projects; these attract more than 20,000 participants each year. The annual Focus Series is a campus-wide effort to raise student awareness about a specific region of the world and culminates in the annual Multicultural Fair, which attracts between 3,000 and 4,000 attendees from the campus and surrounding communities.

In addition to faculty instruction, Schoolcraft College offers a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)that is provided in a structured study session format facilitated by peer students (PAL Leaders) who have already taken a course, done well in it, and are highly recommended to the program by the instructor.

Schoolcraft provides accessible, high-quality and affordable programs with access to high-tech facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. The College has strong partnerships with local businesses and industries to ensure that students are well-prepared for the in-demand jobs of today and careers of the future. These partnerships include programs that focus on healthcare, property management, manufacturing and plastics, just to name a few.

The Livonia campus is situated in a manufacturing-and entrepreneurial-driven hub that supports the global automotive and mobility industry, supply chain and logistics, businesses that more than ever are defined by high- tech production, highly skilled workers, and leading-edge connectivity. The Public Safety Training Complex (PSTC), which is also in Livonia, houses the College’s Police Academy Training Center (number one in the state of Michigan) and Fire Training Center. The Radcliff Center, located Garden City, houses the College’s Allied Health programs. In the fall of 2020, Schoolcraft will open a state-of-the-art manufacturing building in Livonia. Schoolcraft College’s Manufacturing and Engineering Center (MEC) is a 48,000 square foot facility where students will receive hands-on learning in areas such as welding, advanced manufacturing, plastics, mechatronics and more.  Click here for a list of partnerships.

The Schoolcraft College Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization was founded in 1966 to connect the needs and resources of the community to the programs and services of the college. Initially started to establish scholarships, the Foundation helps support programs and projects as well as scholarships. The Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Governors and raises more than $1 million annually and has a $16.5 million portfolio. The priorities of the current campaign are Education & Workforce Development; Student Success; outreach programs; and Community Hub activities.

In addition to the educational opportunities, Schoolcraft proudly hosts:

  • Corporate training and conferences
  • Events with a community, business or cultural orientation
  • A highly acclaimed restaurant staffed by the College’s Culinary Arts students, a carry-out café and brewery
  • Offices for the Advancement Department
  • Offices for the Business Development Center
  • Sports Dome and Athletics Center
  • Summer Kids on Campus Program
  • Two national publications – The MacGuffin, a national literary magazine and the Community College Enterprise, a peer-reviewed research journal

Services include connecting with and supporting more than 36,000 people per year, including: 12,000 in credit courses and programs and 21,000 in continuing and professional education and corporate training. Forty-five percent of credit earning students are out-of-district, including over 175 international students representing 41 countries with leading majors of engineering, business and nursing.

Schoolcraft employs nearly 400 full-time employees, approximately 100 full-time faculty, approximately 100 part-time employees and on average 400-450 part-time faculty.

Position Description

Schoolcraft College’s President is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), overseeing all segments of the operations and key functions of the College. As the CEO, the President reports to the Board of Trustees and works in close collaboration with a wide range of internal and external constituencies to provide overall leadership and visionary direction for Schoolcraft College and the communities it serves. The President is expected to foster and build upon the existing strengths while ensuring that Schoolcraft College fulfills its mission and focuses its strategic plans and initiatives toward achieving its vision to ensure its relevance, reputation, vitality and viability into the future.

This position reports to the Schoolcraft College Board of Trustees and has seven (7) direct reports in the following areas: academic, student affairs, finance, human resources, information technology and office and board administration. Please access the Organizational Chart for additional details.  April 22, 2020 SC President-Cabinet.pdf

The President leads the strategic planning, with input from the Board of Trustees. This role also has responsibility for organizational design and development to build a dynamic, forward-looking organization. The ideal candidate for this position will be passionate about the College’s mission and excel in transformational leadership. It’s essential that the candidate have demonstrated experience in delivering effective communications, building collaboration and excelling in connecting with the community.

The top areas of focus are:

  • Commitment to Students
  • Effective Communication
  • Financial and Operational Focus
  • Building Strong Teams
  • Strategic Planning

For a complete list of Presidential job responsibilities, please visit this link, https://schoolcraft.edu/presidential-search

Characteristics of the next President

Commitment to Student Access and Success

A persistent drive to ensure student access, success, and retention manifested in long-term work to create lasting change on the community college campus and with external partners.

Effective Communicator

Communicates and listens in ways that foster strong relationships, develop shared priorities, and inspire trust and action.

Financial and Operational Ability

Ensures the fiscal strength and sound operation of the community college.

Team Building Skills

The capacity to develop and maintain outstanding leadership teams and to consistently engage leaders, faculty and staff in ways that significantly improve student access, success, and retention institution wide.

Strategic Planning Ability

Ability to strategically lead inclusive planning processes that result in focused, concrete, college-wide plans to significantly improve student access, success, and retention.

Background Experience

  • Significant high-level executive experience with demonstrated performance of exceptional quality, preferably in a comprehensive community college; administrative experience in other disciplines will also be considered.
  • Doctorate earned from an accredited institution, preferably in an academic discipline.
  • Track record of high personal integrity, evidenced by reputation in community.
  • Demonstrated record of leadership and senior level administrative experience in higher education, preferably in a community college.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, vision, and ability to identify and build on the strengths of a successful academic institution.
  • Commitment to the mission of a comprehensive community college evidenced by outcome measures against meeting and exceeding goals.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in strategic planning, college administration, financial management, and human resource management including collective bargaining, as well as community and legislative relations.
  • Understanding of working with a Board of Trustees.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to be the spokesperson for the College and build strong teams.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, including the ability to: present and explain complex information in a public forum in a clear and concise fashion, leverage negotiation and persuasion skills to maximize customer satisfaction and program success, and deliver difficult messages effectively.
  • Ability to develop collaborative partnerships with community, school and business leaders to carry out the mission of the College.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to identify and achieve common goals.
  • Capacity to collaborate with external influences.
  • Must be articulate, resourceful, and creative, possessing the ability to work with and adapt to all kinds of people. Must be patient, persistent, and persuasive.

Application Process

Printable Position 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 an Adobe Acrobat or MS Word attachments: (1) a cover letter that addresses the background experience; (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 close of business Monday, May 25, 2020 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screen.

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