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. 

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Search Timeline: August, 2016 - January, 2017

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

Search Committee

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 
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. 

In addition, the next President must be visible, accessible, caring and fair-minded with exceptional verbal and written communication skills. A good listener who values and respects the unique characteristics and abilities of all individuals is important to students, staff, faculty, and the community.

The next President will possess the ability to represent the College well in all settings, with a sense of humor, and a passion for the mission of Lake Michigan College. This leader must value and further develop the culture and traditions of the College and build upon its outstanding reputation to best serve student and community needs.

Internal Growth and Development
The College has a strong reputation for professional development and continuous improvement.  The next President must have the ability to lead and develop teams in these efforts while mentoring and empowering individuals. This leader will strive to achieve the highest standards of performance in teaching and learning, as well as in services offered to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Diversity assists in creating an inclusive and innovative workforce that has the skills to exceed in meeting the challenges of the marketplace. Lake Michigan College is committed to and passionate about providing programs and services that contribute to an inclusive and diverse society. 

The next President will be an individual committed to achieving the goals of diversity and inclusiveness of underserved populations within the College and to developing a strong sense of community.

Operational Expertise
The next President will have a demonstrated understanding of the importance of technology as it relates to institutional effectiveness including its applications to teaching, learning and administrative support. In addition, this leader will have an understanding and appreciation of the relationship between the Board and the President. 

A courageous, innovative, and data-driven decision maker who understands calculated risk-taking and how change impacts an institution is required for the success of the next President. 

Another necessity is a fiscal steward who has significant experience working with large and complex budgets, has demonstrated fundraising success, and understands economic trends within the College community, as well as nationally.

The College is physically improving facilities with several initiatives over the next few years.

External Partnerships and Relationships
The Lake Michigan College President will be a visionary who is globally focused and culturally attuned.  The successful President will be an articulate spokesperson who engages business, civic, industry, and community leadership to develop mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, and programs. In addition, this leader will have experience fostering strong partnerships with K-12 and institutions of higher education.

Student Success
Student success is at the core of Lake Michigan College. The next President will be an innovative and creative leader committed to academic excellence and student success. The leader will possess the ability to inspire and motivate faculty and staff to provide high quality and accessible programs and services to students.

A number of successful programs  have proven to strengthen student success. LMC is beginning to implement Guided Pathways, and the next President will have the opportunity to continue the implementation and monitor the successes of the program.

Minimum Requirements
A minimum of a master's degree from an accredited institution is required; a doctorate from an accredited institution preferred.

Significant senior level administrative experience, preferably at a technical or community college, or equivalent.

Application Process
Please submit electronically to aprovart@paulygroup.com the following documents as MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments: (1) a cover letter that addresses the Opportunity Overview; (2) a current resume; 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 Monday, November 7, 2016 receiving priority consideration.  All applications are confidential, and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant. 

Inquiries and nominations should be directed 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

College EEOC statement
Lake Michigan College is an equal opportunity institution, affording enrollment, employment and services without distinction on the basis of age, color, height, weight, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion or gender.

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 election, LMC will place its first ever capital millage on the ballot.
  • 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