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Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan
Date Posted 01/27/2022
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description

Named the 19th Best Community College in the U.S. in 2021, Muskegon offers accredited academic programs leading to 54 associate degrees and 32 certificates. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, MCC’s nationally recognized commitment to student success unites its faculty and staff in their mission to prepare students, build communities and improve lives.

One of Michigan’s most picturesque community colleges, the Muskegon main campus building - an award-winning Alden Dow design - spans Four Mile Creek on a 15-acre sylvan setting. The campus boasts several new multimillion-dollar facilities - the Health and Wellness Center, the Science Center and the Art and Music Building - and includes University Park Golf Course and the Carr-Fles Planetarium. The Sturrus Technology Center in historic downtown Muskegon is home to state-of-the-art applied technology offerings, the Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Center and the Lakeshore Fab Lab.

Living in Muskegon County
Muskegon County residents enjoy 26 miles of sugar-sand beaches along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, as well as one of America’s only luge tracks at the Winter Sports Complex and the regionally popular Michigan’s Adventure Amusement & Water Park. An outdoor recreation hub with three state parks and swimming, fishing and boating on its many lakes and rivers, the Muskegon area offers dynamic downtown and beachfront restaurant and entertainment venues. The Muskegon Farmer’s Market is the second largest in Michigan. Cruise ships dock in Muskegon, while a high-speed ferry connects the city to Milwaukee. Notable local museums range from rare art collections to an actual World War II submarine and a U.S. Navy ship used during D-Day.

The Future President

The future president of Muskegon Community College should be a passionate, innovative leader who will promote student success, be dedicated to the community college mission, and will make a long-term commitment to the region.

In addition, the College is searching for a president who embraces the identified priorities of the College and demonstrates the ability to manage them for the benefit of the College and the community.


Muskegon Community College (MCC) is the fourth oldest public community college, within the State of Michigan, with a full-time equated student enrollment of approximately 2,800 and unduplicated head count of approximately 5,500. The College has an annual operating budget (general fund) of $39.9 million and employs approximately 220 regular full- and part-time staff as well as a significant number of adjunct faculty and student assistants.

The main campus is located on a 111-acre campus in Muskegon which includes the Hendrik Meijer Library & Information Technology Center, Bartels-Rode Gymnasium, Frauenthal Foundation Fine Arts Center (including the Overbrook Theater and Art Gallery), Stevenson Center for Higher Education, Science Center, Health and Wellness Center, and Art & Music Center. MCC offers applied technology courses at its Sturrus Technology Center, which includes the Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute and the Lakeshore Fab Lab, in downtown Muskegon. Classes are also offered at several locations in Ottawa and Newaygo counties.

Method of Application and Closing Date

Position will remain open until filled, with screening of applications to begin on February 25, 2022. Applications received after February 25, 2022 are not guaranteed review. Candidates will be required to submit the following for review:

  • A current and complete resume of educational, professional, and community experiences and accomplishments, particularly related to the position
  • A letter of application that specifically relates your professional experience and personal commitment to each of the items on Presidential Profile Leadership listed in this position announcement (not to exceed five pages)
  • Professional references: Contact information for a range of professional references (five minimum) to include at least one (1) former supervisor, two (2) direct reports and/or support staff, one (1) faculty member or professional associate, and one (1) student or member of the community.
  • Official transcripts will be required for employment.

For additional information please contact:

Gold Hill Associates

Dr. Preston Pulliams
Phone: 503-704-3425

Dr. Kate Hetherington

Identified Priorities

  • Serving in a leadership role for the greater Muskegon community in valuing diversity and providing equity and inclusion while committing to help establish a community-wide environment where all are treated equitably and with respect.
  • Cultivating critical donor relationships while proactively playing a key role in the fund-raising efforts of the Muskegon Community College Foundation.
  • Being a visionary and change agent with the collaboration skills to bring others along.
  • Utilizing data and analytics, best practices, and a multi-year time horizon in planning for the College`s operations and budget.
  • Ensuring effective partnerships with the community, regional businesses, educational institutions, and K-12 school districts to meet the local workforce and educational needs.
  • Understanding barriers to student success and championing efforts to improve persistence and completion through both innovation and adoption of best practices in curriculum design and outcomes assessment.
  • Addressing the need for strengthening enrollment by assessing and implementing innovative strategies and marketing approaches to recruit and retain students.
  • Working with the other Michigan community colleges and four-year college leaders to effectively lobby local, state and federal legislators on behalf Muskegon Community College for financial support, expansion of academic programs and facilities.
  • Building and fostering an environment of innovation, excellence, trust, respect, collaboration, and engagement within a union environment.
  • Serving as a role model for the broader Muskegon community by fostering and maintaining authentic and productive relationships while also being an advocate for the College faculty, staff, and students.
  • Operating under a system of transparency, with shared governance, working with an elected Board of Trustees through policy governance.
  • Understanding the College systems, processes, culture, values, and environment and embracing these in a way to continue the College`s successes and outstanding reputation for serving the community.
  • Inspiring others through an open and transparent communication style focusing on listening and providing empowering actions aligned with the College`s mission.

Required Skills


  • Established reputation of high integrity, honesty, and trust.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide visionary leadership to engage the College community in planning, assessment and building a vibrant future.
  • Prefer a minimum of five years of senior level administrative experience in a higher education setting (community college preferred).
  • Possess an earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university (doctorate preferred).
  • Teaching experience and/or student services experience (preferred).

Work Environment:

☐ Exposure to wet, humid conditions (non-weather), fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme heat/cold; and moderate to loud noise levels.

☒ Normal Office environment with little, if, any, discomfort due to heat, dust, noise and the like. Ability to travel to all campus locations required.

Muskegon Community College continues to promote staff diversity, and is an equal opportunity employer. MCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, political persuasion, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or any other protected class in any of its educational programs, activities or employment. Minorities, women, veterans, and the physically challenged are encouraged to apply. Anyone with a disability will be reasonably accommodated by the College. If you have a disability and need an accommodation or assistance in applying for this position, please contact the Human Resources Office.

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