MCCC ups ante to “highly preferred” for presidential qualifications

A terminal degree and teaching experience was back under the microscope Monday.

The MCCC Board of Trustees met on March 18 to flesh out further details regarding the qualifications sought in a new president.

Complete coverage of the presidential search

The requirements had been dissected further when the college’s search consultant: Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), advised the Board of Trustees to raise the presidential qualifications from “preferred” to “highly preferred.”

The board unanimously approved the measure. The changed wording also has been inserted into the presidential profile – the document the board created to outline expectations for the future leader. 

The battles over the two qualifications began at the previous meeting on March 4.

Board members voted to advertise as “preferred” the two qualifications for the job: experience teaching in a classroom and a doctoral degree. Some groups, including the faculty, had asked that the two qualifications be “required.”

The March 18 decision was a compromise between the “preferred” and “required” choices, board members said.

Another loose string also has been tied as membership on the search committee has been finalized.

The committee consists of external and internal stakeholders – members of the community and college employees.

Board members had an idea of who would comprise the search committee, but further additions and final approval to that list had been made.

In addition, the Association of Community College Trustees was hired to help in the application process.

ACCT has placed a vacancy notice in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

For more information on the presidential search, you can visit: www.monroeccc.edu/presidentialsearch.

Members of the Search Committee include:

• MCCC Board of Trustees

William H Braunlich, Board Vice Chair  (Search Advisory Committee chair)
Linda Lauer, Board secretary 
Mary Kay Thayer, trustee    

• Institutional Governance Councils, Unions, Students, Foundation and Alumni

MCCC Faculty Council representative: Mark Naber, professor of mathematics
   MCCC Administrator Council representative: Mark Hall, director of admissions and guidance services
   MCCC Staff Council representative: Tom Scheer, microcomputer technician
   MCCC Faculty Association (union) representative: David Waggoner, professor of chemistry
   MCCC Maintenance Association (union) representative: Bryan Rorke, general maintenance worker
   MCCC Student Government president: Christopher Holmes
Chair of The Foundation at MCCC Board of Directors: Michael R. Meyer
President of the MCCC Alumni Association Board of Directors: Alan Barron (Barron is also Monroe Township supervisor and a member of The Foundation at MCCC Board of Directors)

• MCCC External Stakeholders
H. Douglas Chaffin, president and CEO of Monroe Bank & Trust (Chaffin is also a member of The Foundation at MCCC Board of Directors and chair of the college’s Career Technology Center Capital Campaign)
Annette Phillips, president and CEO of Mercy Memorial Hospital System
Sue Vanisacker, director of organizational effectiveness and community relations, La-Z-Boy, Inc.
Robert Clark, mayor, City of Monroe
Lynette Dowler, director of fossil generation, DTE Energy (Dowler is also a member of The Foundation at MCCC Board of Directors)