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.

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.

Presidential Search Updates

November 20, 2015 - Public Notice - Board of Trustees Public Notice: Candidate Update. Click to read more

November 11, 2015 - Public Notice- Board of Trustees Special Meetings for Candidate Interviews. Click to read more

November 4, 2015 - Lake Michigan College Presidential Candidate List Narrows to Three
After a preliminary round of public interviews conducted earlier this week, three candidates for the Lake Michigan College presidency will advance to the next step. Click to read more

Updated November 2, 2015 - Seven Candidates Interviewing for Lake Michigan College President 
Names and profiles of applicants participating in the first round of interviews have been announced. Click to read more. 

Updated November 1, 2015 - Presidential Candidate Interview Schedule
Interviews for the position of Lake Michigan College President will be held November 2 and 3 at the Napier Avenue Campus. Click to read more. 

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate for LMC’s next president should possess the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrated record of successful leadership. Progressive successful experience as a senior level administrator
  • A visionary leader with strategic planning experience who is globally focused and culturally attuned
  • A leader who can inspire and engage stakeholders to further the mission (academic aspirations, career needs and community service) of Lake Michigan College
  • A visible, accessible, caring, fair-minded and transparent leader with exceptional communication and listening skills who values and respects the unique characteristics and abilities of individuals including faculty, staff, students and other constituents
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop teams in continuous improvement efforts while mentoring and empowering individuals to grow professionally
  • A leader who will strive to achieve the highest standards of performance in teaching and learning and in the services offered to students, faculty, staff and the community
  • A courageous, data-driven decision-maker who is innovative, creative and a risk-taker who understands how potential changes may impact students, faculty, staff and the community
  • 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
  • A fiscal steward who has significant experience working with large and complex budgets, has demonstrated fundraising success in the private and/or public sectors, and understands future growth and economic trends both within the college and nationally
  • An articulate spokesperson for the college who engages actively with business, civic, industry and community leaders to develop mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, and programs
  • An experienced leader who builds and fosters strong partnerships with K-12, and other institutions of higher education
  • A leader who acknowledges, and further develops the culture and traditions of the college and builds upon its outstanding reputation to best serve student and community needs
  • Advanced degree required


Search Timeline

  1. Applications will be accepted starting on July 22, 2015.
  2. Application requirements must be completed and received by September 14, 2015.
  3. Semi-finalists will be chosen on or before October 5, 2015.
  4. President will be selected on or before December 1, 2015
  5. President's responsibilities and contract will begin January 1, 2016.

Search Committee - Representatives of:

Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees Members

  • Mary Jo Tomasini - Board of Trustees Chair/Chair of Search Committee
  • Dr. Michael Lindley - Board of Trustees Vice Chair/Vice Chair of Search Committee
  • Judy Truesdell - Board of Trustees Treasurer, Trustee Search Committee Member

Lake Michigan College Staff & Faculty Members

  • Barbara Craig - Regional Campus/President's Cabinet
  • Candice Elders - Marketing/Administrator
  • Denise Gardner - Instructor/Career and Workforce Education
  • Pam Harper - Student Services/Professional and Technical Staff
  • Mary Klemm - Foundation/President's Cabinet

  • Jim Larson - Association President/Arts and Sciences Faculty
  • Pam McVay - Student Services/Administrator
  • Karla Pankratz - Finance/Administrator
  • Doug Schaffer - Regional Campus/President's Cabinet/Athletics
  • Chris Spradlin - Academics/President's Cabinet
  • Rebecca Steffen - President's Office/Professional and Technical Staff

Community Members

  • Caroline Arny - Lake Michigan College Student/Co-President of Student Senate
  • Brian Dissette - South Haven City Manager
  • Otis Joseph - Alumni Board/Community Representative
  • Jim Krzyzewski -  Lake Michigan College Foundation Board/Community Representative

About Lake Michigan College

About Southwest MichiganNapier Avenue Campus Location - Google

Southwest Michigan attracts millions of tourists who come for our beaches, wineries, and nationally acclaimed golf courses. But many who visit, choose to stay for our great schools, low cost of living, and high quality of life.

LMC’s main campus is nestled among a watery and wooded wildlife sanctuary, yet it’s less than a half-day’s drive from major metro areas including Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Indianapolis.

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