Outside view of Napier Avenue Campus

Presidential Candidate Search

Lake Michigan College is a special community college in southwest Michigan. We have three campuses – two of which are located ten minutes from our namesake’s breathtaking shoreline.

Like other community colleges, we offer associate degrees, certificates, and even a baccalaureate degree. But what sets us apart from our peers is our seemingly limitless potential and our people – people who care deeply about our region’s future and who are committed to student success and exemplary educational programs, strong alignments with both established and emerging industries, and productive partnerships with the communities we serve. 

Presidential Search News and Updates

Dr. Trevor A. Kubatzke

Dr. Trevor A. Kubatzke is Vice President of Student Services at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He is a board member for the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, and is a member of the Milwaukee Power Squadron. He has also served on the Taylorville Community School District board and the Illinois School Board Association. In addition to his community college experience, Kubatzke worked as a police officer in West Union, Iowa.

Kubatzke holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration in Community College Leadership from Walden University, a Master of Science in Education Administration from Missouri State and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Dr. Jon Mandrell

Dr. Jon Mandrell is Vice President of Academics and Student Services at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois.

Mandrell currently serves on the boards of the Dixon Family YMCA, Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Sauk Valley Leadership Program and is a member of the Twin Cities Rotary. He has served on the Illinois Workforce Investment Board Youth Subcommittee and on the Oregon Chamber of Commerce Board. Prior to his community college career, Mandrell served as a police officer in Oregon, Illinois.

Mandrell holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University.

Presidential Search Timeline

Search Timeline: August, 2016 - January, 2017
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Monday, November 7, 2016 receiving priority consideration.

  1. August - Position Profile Finalized
  2. September - Position Profile Announced, Applications Accepted 
  3. November - Semi-finalist Interviews 
  4. January, 2017 - Final Interviews 
  5. January - February, 2017 - Final Selection
  6. TBD - Selected Candidate Begins Post

Presidential Search Committee Members

Board of Trustee Representatives
Debra Johnson, Secretary
Dr. Michael Lindley, Vice Chair
Mary Jo Tomasini, Chair 

Community Representatives
Bran Dissette, South Haven City Manager
Quinten Hosbein, LMC Student Senate Co-President 
Jim Krzyzewski, LMC Foundation Board/South County & Indiana Community Representative 
Dan Mitchell, President, Hanson Mold

LMC Staff and Faculty

Barbara Craig, Vice President Regional Campuses and K-12 Engagement, and Cabinet member
Joe Cronin, Executive Director of Human Resources
Denise Gardner, Nursing Faculty 
Candice Elders, Director of Marketing Communications and Cabinet member
Dr. Leslie Kellogg, Vice President of Academic Services, Career and Workforce Education
Mary Klemm, Director of LMC Foundation and Cabinet member
Jim Larson, Math Faculty and LMC Association President
Pam McVay, Director of Student Life and Housing
Doug Schaffer, Vice President Student of Services and Cabinet member 
Rebecca Steffen, Executive Assistant to the President and Cabinet member
Louis Thomas, Director of Start to Finish Program

Opportunity Overview

With the retirement of Dr. Robert Harrison, the Board of Trustees conducted a search and hired a President to succeed Dr. Harrison. The candidate was not culturally aligned with the College and a new search has begun. The anticipated start date for this person is late spring, 2017. Dr. Harrison has agreed to serve as interim until the search has been successfully completed. With this challenge, a leader with the ability to inspire and engage internal and external stakeholders to further the mission of Lake Michigan College is critical to the success of the College, as well as the morale of the internal and external constituency groups. Read More

About Lake Michigan College

Michigan’s Great Southwest is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance, and Lake Michigan College is poised to empower the next generation with the talent, skills, and education to carry the region into a bright future, but the right leadership and vision are essential. 

LMC is in the midst of an exciting phase of growth and innovation.
Here are some of the recent developments that are launching LMC into a bright future.

  • In the November 2016 election, LMC passed a 10-year capital millage.
  • Recently approved by the Higher Learning Commission to offer online courses, LMC has grown its online and hybrid class offerings to 40 in the Fall 2016 semester.
  • In August, 2016 LMC will open the Hanson Technology Center, where students will study advanced manufacturing, CIS and energy production.  
  • LMC has grown partnerships with 50 area high schools to provide Early College for almost 9,000 students since 2009, saving area families millions of dollars in tuition savings. Early College now comprises approximately 33% of LMC’s student population.
  • In 2014, LMC introduced its first baccalaureate degree in Applied Science in Energy Production and Distribution Management
  • 2013 and 2014 ushered in a new era for LMC student life, providing a “real college” experience with the opening of its first on-campus residence hall and the new Hawk’s Nest student lounge and recreation space. 
  • In 2015 LMC established the Midwest’s first commercial teaching winery, where students learn enology and viticulture, supporting the region's flourishing wine industry. Plans for a new Wine & Culinary Education Center are underway to provide a permanent training space for Southwest Michigan’s future winemakers and hospitality and tourism professionals.  




Other LMC Facts

  • LMC serves approximately 5,700 credit-earning, and 1,300 non-credit-earning students per year.
  • The Mendel Center, located on LMC’s main campus, houses the college’s music and theater programs and provides arts and cultural experiences for 100,000 guests each year. 
  • LMC’s nursing program is the only nationally accredited associate degree nursing program in southwest Michigan. 
  • LMC recently received a rating of AA+ from Standard & Poor’s, making it their highest rated community college in Michigan. The vote of confidence from S&P will save the College about $200,000 in interest.
  • In 2013, Rocky the Redhawk was introduced as LMC’s new mascot. He represents the college's seven intercollegiate athletic teams