The semi-finalists not only have a number, but a name.
The MCCC Presidential Search Advisory Committee announced last week that eight semi-finalists have been selected in the search for a new college president.
All semi-finalists were grouped according to tracking numbers when the last meeting was held on April 17.
Confirmation from the candidates has been completed and their names have been released to the public.
“We have set aside two days for semi-finalist interviews,” Board Vice-Chairman Bill Braunlich said.
The dates for these interviews will be April 29 and 30; they will be open to the public.
Plans have been set in place for the two days.
“My expectation is the majority of the work will be on the first day,” Braunlich said.
There will likely be five interviews on one day and three on the next, Braunlich said. The interviews will be conducted via video conference and the interviewer will follow a script with questions.
The interviews also will be recorded.
“Following semifinalist interviews in April, the PSAC (Presidential Search Advisory Committee) will recommend finalists for consideration and interview by the Boards of Trustees in May. Public forums on campus will also be scheduled for each finalist,” Braunlich said in an email addressed to all MCCC email users.
Board member James DeVries asked whether the interviews will be posted on thecollege website.
“I don’t think at this stage, ACCT recommends it,” Braunlich said.
ACCT, the Association of Community College Trustees, is the consulting firm hired by the college to help with the search.
Below is a short description of the semi-finalists that are scheduled to be evaluated next week, according to an email from Braunlich.
Dr. Amy DeSonia, who serves as chief academic officer/dean of academic affairs at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic, Conn. Previously, she served as academic dean of the division of business, social sciences and public service at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Va. She earned a doctor of philosophy in public administration from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, a master of public administration in healthcare administration from Western Michigan University in Lansing, Mich. and a bachelor of business administration from the University of Michigan in Flint.
Dr. Carlee Drummer serves as executive director of college advancement and executive director of the educational foundation at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines and Skokie, Ill. Previously, she served as vice president of Lipman Hearne, Inc., in Chicago. She earned a doctor of philosophy and master of arts in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a bachelor of arts from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
Dr. Utpal Goswami serves as vice president of instruction at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. Previously, he served as interim president/superintendent of College of the Redwoods. He earned a doctor of philosophy in economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, a master of arts in Economics from SMU, a master of arts in development economics from Boston University and a bachelor of arts from the University of New Delhi in New Delhi, India.
Dr. Karen Hays serves as vice president of academic and student affairs at Middlesex County College in Middletown, NJ. Previously, she served as dean of academic affairs at Miami Dade College in Miami. She earned a doctor of philosophy in educational administration from the University of Texas in Austin, a master of education from Florida Atlantic University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., a bachelor of arts from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., and an associate of arts from Miami-Dade Community College in Miami.
Dr. Kojo Quartey serves as provost and chief academic officer of the City Colleges of Chicago. Previously, he served as dean and professor at the College of Business at Davenport University in Grand Rapids. He earned a doctor of philosophy in applied/agricultural economics from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., a master of arts in economics from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. and a bachelor of science in accounting from Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Dr. John Satkowski serves as the executive vice president of finance/treasurer at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. Previously, he served as interim president of OCC. He earned a juris doctorate of law and a master of science in accounting from the University of Toledo and a bachelors of business administration from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Renay Scott serves as vice president and provost of Owens Community College in Toledo. Previously, she served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Owens. She earned a doctor of philosophy in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State University in Detroit, a master of arts in curriculum and instruction from Michigan State University in East Lansing and a bachelor of arts from Calvin College in Grand Rapids.
Suzanne Wetzel serves as vice president of administration/executive director of The Foundation at Monroe County Community College. Previously, she served as director of institutional advancement/executive director of The Foundation at MCCC. She earned a master of arts in public relations from Michigan State University in East Lansing and a bachelor of arts from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant.