Meeting will launch search for president

The search for a new college president is picking up steam.

The MCCC Board of Trustees called a special meeting Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. to begin the process of choosing a new president.

Dr. David E. Nixon, current president of MCCC, plans on retiring from his post at the end of the current accademic year.

 His employment contract officially ends July 31.

The board began the process of selecting a new president at its November meeting, briefly discussing hiring a consultant to help with the search.

But Jim DeVries, a former history professor at MCCC who was elected to the board Nov. 6, asked for a delay until he joined the board in 2013.

The issue was discussed at the November meeting of the MCCC Faculty Council.

Political Science professor Joanna Sabo, who is president of the Faculty Council, said she would contact the Board of Trustees to express the faculty’s input in the presidential selection, according to minutes of the meeting.

“One key aspect of Faculty Council concern is that the Faculty Council be included in the visioning process regarding key characteristics of a new president,” the minutes read.

Sabo said she would tell Bill Bacarella, chairman of the board, that faculty would like to be included in all aspects of the presidential search.

Grace Yackee, vice president of Instruction, told the Faculty Council meeting that it was her understanding that college employees will have some voice in the process. 

Nixon was asked at the November board meeting whether he would remain as interim president if a replacement was not found.

Nixon said he would make a decision when necessary.