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Montcalm Community College Presidential Search (Sidney, Michigan)

Montcalm Community College – Sidney, MI

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Executive Search Profile: President

Montcalm Community College seeks applications for the position of President. As Chief executive Officer of the college, the President has the broad responsibility for the operation of the college. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for efficiently executing Board policy.

About Montcalm Community College

Montcalm Community College began in fall 1963 as an idea in the minds of a group of public-spirited citizens. It became reality on March 2, 1965, when it was established by an overwhelmingly favorable vote. The community continues to strongly support and benefit from its community college. The college’s most recent millage renewal request received a more than 80 percent approval rate from voters.

MCC is an essential component of the community because it is part of the community. The college is an active partner with multiple community organizations including businesses and industries, area hospitals, social service organizations, workforce development entities, the intermediate school districts and K-12 schools, and other colleges and universities.

Instructional Programs and Students

MCC offers more than 60 associate degree, certificate and job-training programs; courses for transfer to bachelor’s programs; online courses; and articulations with other colleges that offer students a seamless transfer.

With average semester enrollments of about 1,700 students, MCC combines state-of-the-art facilities and technology with its highly qualified instructors, small class sizes and affordable tuition to meet the educational needs of the communities it serves.

In addition to traditional offerings, MCC provides customized training services that are designed and delivered to area businesses and institutions, as well as a wide range of lifelong learning opportunities for personal enrichment. Career and personal development noncredit courses range from computers and professional development to personal fitness and art instruction. A variety of cultural offerings feature nationally and internationally known speakers as well as other presentations that cover a wide range of topics and aim to increase awareness of key issues.

Student Life

Students at MCC enjoy a vibrant student life environment with 16 student clubs, an award-winning Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and special events and celebrations throughout the year.

Only five presidents have served MCC, Including:

  1. Donald Fink, 1965-1971;
  2. Clifford Bedore, 1971-1978;
  3. Herbert Stoutenburg, 1978-1984;
  4. Donald C. Burns, 1984-2009; and
  5. Robert C. Ferrentino, J.D., 2009-present.


MCC’s main campus is located on 220 acres in Sidney. The campus includes the Beatrice E. Doser Building, which houses classrooms and two large conference rooms for college and community use; the Kenneth J. Smith Instructional Building; the Stanley P. Ash Building for life sciences; the Les Morford Instructional Building; the Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building; the Activities Building, which houses the bookstore, cafeteria, student cybercafé, gymnasium, fitness center and NCAA-sized pool; the Foundation Farmhouse; the historic Barn Theater; Instruction North Building, which houses visual arts classrooms; a power plant and maintenance facility; Montcalm Heritage Village; and the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails, which includes four miles of self-guided trails.

Classes are also offered on our Greenville campus, which serves as the college’s center for skilled trades and advanced manufacturing training. Buildings include the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center and the Bill Braman Family Center for Education.

Major initiatives

  • Master plan: In 2019, the college announced a $40 million five-year master plan that will touch every academic building on the college’s two campuses. A series of forums were held with faculty, staff, students and community members to gather input and complete a needs assessment. The plan was developed based on space utilization, academic changes, modernization related to student learning and engagement, community engagement, wayfinding, and general maintenance needs. The first step in implementation is expected to be complete for the start of fall 2019 classes and includes a $750,000 renovation of the Bill Braman Family Center for Education, the college’s skilled trades training center. The need for this project is immediate due to large existing enrollment in the welding program. The project will double the size of the welding lab, as well as enhance the associated equipment and support systems such as electrical, HVAC and ventilation. In addition, another area of the building is being converted into additional robotics training space.
  • Achieving the Dream: In 2010, MCC engaged with the national Achieving the Dream initiative. Through this affiliation, the college received technical assistance in evidence-based institutional improvement for the purpose of improving student success. At MCC, new projects were launched in areas such as developmental education, new student orientation, and supplemental instruction. Moreover, our participation led to creating a data-informed culture. Several key institutional metrics continue to show improved trends including developmental and gateway course success rates, as well as persistence, retention, and completion rates. MCC also signed onto participation in the Voluntary Framework for Accountability, an American Association of Community Colleges initiative. The college is in its fifth year with this initiative, which provides opportunities for colleges to benchmark their student progress and completion data against peer institutions and to provide stakeholders with critical information on the colleges.
  • Nursing Accreditation: In 2019, MCC completed the steps necessary to earn NLN Nursing Accreditation. Final approval is expected in the fall.
  • Strategic planning: The college maintains an updated three-year strategic plan, which provides a clear set of goals for the college and its constituents.
  • Community Conversations: Since 2016, MCC has hosted three community conversations to engage representatives from education, businesses, human services and other community organizations in sharing ideas and developing strategies to: provide more consistent career exploration for K-12 students; increase access to a range of new educational opportunities; systematize the preschool-through-college experience for students; and increase employability skills. One direct result of these conversations was the establishment of the Creating Futures Consortium. The consortium’s goal is to serve as a conduit to bring regional partners together to collaboratively address these identified needs.
  • Workforce Development: MCC has positioned itself as an integral partner in economic development at the local, regional and state levels. Through its workforce partnerships, the college has secured and administered more than $2 million in Michigan New Jobs Training Program grants in the last two years, providing training customized to meet individual business needs. The college is a key player in recruitment and retention of business and industry in our area through partnerships with the Montcalm Economic Alliance, the Ionia County Economic Alliance and the Right Place.

Points of Pride

Members of the Montcalm Community College community were recently asked to identify key attributes which made them proud of the college and would attract outstanding candidates to this position. Key attributes included:

  • Faculty who care about students and are focused on their success.
  • A small-town setting, but with easy access to big city adventures.
  • Great facilities and leading-edge technology.
  • Strong connections and partnerships with the community.
  • A culture of cooperation and support.

Commitment to Mission, Vision and Values

An obligation to uphold the Mission, Vision and Values of the college in carrying out duties is inherent in this position. A commitment to sustaining a student-centric approach to the student experience, professional interpersonal behavior, integrity, leadership, stewardship, strong oral and written communication, respect and accountability to students, employees and the community is essential.


Montcalm Community College is a leader in creating a learning community, contributing to shared economic, cultural and social prosperity for all our citizens.


Montcalm Community College is west-central Michigan’s preeminent provider of and preferred choice for education, training and life-long learning opportunities.


Montcalm Community College subscribes to the following institutional values:

  • We provide a caring environment for our students, staff and community.
  • We expect competence and the pursuit of excellence from our students and staff.
  • We work in concert with our community stakeholders to advance the philosophy of life-long learning.
  • We are committed to providing open access and fostering success for all our learners.

Candidate Profile

The next President of Montcalm Community College will be an outstanding leader demonstrating the following qualities, characteristics, and skills:

  1. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: approachable, diplomatic, a good listener, able to collaborate with students, community, stakeholders, and staff
  2. Commitment to being an active and involved spokesperson for the College in the community
  3. Knowledge of and support for the comprehensive educational needs of the community
  4. A person of high integrity, honesty, and trust
  5. Possesses the ability to actively lobby at the local, state and, federal levels for support of the College
  6. Knowledge of and commitment to the mutual gains approach to collective bargaining and problem solving
  7. Ability and interest to serve as the College’s chief fundraiser
  8. Successful experience and demonstrated ability in fiscal management
  9. Ability to effectively work with an elected Board of Trustees using the policy governance model
  10. Successful experience in developing strategic plans
  11. An educational visionary
  12. Experience as a senior leader in the community college sector strongly preferred.
  13. An earned doctorate preferred but not required
  14. College teaching experience strongly preferred but not required

Application Process

To assure the best consideration, applications should be received by September 30, 2019. The application should include a letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant’s background in relationship to qualifications described in the search profile (not more than four pages); a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of at least five professional references with each person’s position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. All applications will remain confidential.

The search is being assisted by Dr. Preston Pulliams, Gold Hill Associates. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to

Tentative Timeline

September 30: Deadline for applications

October 3: Selection of semi-finalists

October 7-9: Arrange video interviews with semi-finalists

October 21-25: Semi-finalists video interviews

October 28-29: Selection of finalists

November 4: Board of Trustees reviews and approves finalists

November 5: Gold Hill consultants begin finalists in-depth reference checks

November 18-21: On-campus finalists interviews

December 3: Selection of new president

December 9-10: If desired, selected Board members visit the campus of the finalist

December 12: Contract negotiations begin with the selected candidate

January 2, 2020: Start date (negotiable)

The Board may make exceptions to this timeline to ensure selection of the best possible candidate. The services of Gold Hill Associates have been secured to assist the Board in the search process and in the screening of candidates. The Board will make all decisions with respect to the process, evaluation of candidates, and appointment of the successful candidate. Candidates are discouraged from contacting individual members of the Board. Any questions regarding the search should be directed to Dr. Preston Pulliams, Ed.D., President, Gold Hill Associates at 503-704-3425.


A competitive salary with a multi-year contract will be negotiated based on the candidate’s successful experience and educational preparation.

MCC Facts

Credit enrollment: 1,700


  1. Faculty: 31 full time
  2. Administrative Staff: 30 full time, 5 part-time
  3. Support Staff: 28 full time, 70 part-time

Annual Operating Budget: $16.5 million

Total Net Assets: $42 million

Tax Base: $2,480,567,762

Operating Tax Levy: 2.93 mills

Board of Trustees

  • Chairperson – Karen Carbonelli, Gowen
  • Vice Chairperson – Robert Marston, Sheridan
  • Treasurer – Roger Thelen, Stanton
  • Secretary – Joyce Kitchenmaster, Stanton
  • Trustee Esther Combs, Crystal
  • Trustee Patricia Hinrichs, Trufant
  • Trustee Kurt Peterson, Sidney

College of Southern Nevada - Senior Associate Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

College of Southern Nevada, Campus Vice President - North Las Vegas


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The College of Southern Nevada seeks applications for the position of Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources SAVP-HR). Reporting to the Vice President of Finance & Administration, the SAVP-HR leads human capital initiatives and strategies that will support high-level employee engagement, promotes customer service excellence, and attracts and retains high performing employees.

The SAVP-HR oversees all aspects of human resources including talent acquisition and management; compensation, benefits, and wellness; employee relations; employee development and retention; and performance management. In addition, the SAVP-HR has administrative responsibility and oversight for the Office of Institutional Equity that handles matters pertaining to EEO/AA, ADA/ADAAA, and Title IX and will act as the Chief Human Resources Officer.


The College of Southern Nevada is a comprehensive, multi-campus community college and the largest and most ethnically diverse institution of higher education in the state of Nevada. The college is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. CSN is one of four community colleges within the Nevada System of Higher Education, which also includes two universities, a state college, and a research institute.

Founded in 1971, CSN is the largest college in the state, operating in over 50 locations including three main campuses and eight learning centers in Clark County, covering over 8,000 square miles. CSN educates more than 50,000 unique students annually in credit, non-credit, and workforce development programs. Three of every four students attend part-time, 57 percent are female, and nearly two-thirds are students of color. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, CSN offers educational opportunities in more than 70 academic programs featuring more than 180 degrees and certificates (26 degrees and certificates available entirely online), including nine bachelor’s degrees.


The College’s Charleston Campus is located in the city of Las Vegas. The campus is situated on a 76-acre parcel and has 743,000 square feet of academic, student service, and support space. The Charleston campus is home to the Ralph & Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences, which houses cardio-respiratory sciences, nursing, surgical technology, and sonography. Dental assisting and hygiene programs, along with a state-of-the-art veterinary technology program, are located on this campus alongside general education classrooms and science labs. Executive administration, the CSN Foundation, and human resources offices are located on this campus, as well. In addition, a new student union opens in the fall 2019 semester, which includes a food court, meeting rooms, study space, courtyards, student government offices, advising offices, a multicultural center, and other student services.

The campus location is home to unique partnerships with Clark County Library District, KNPR, southern Nevada’s public radio station, and City of Las Vegas Fire Station 6 that also serves as a learning laboratory. Located adjacent to Bonanza High School, the Charleston Campus houses CSN High School West, a collaboration with the Clark County School District that ranks among the highest achieving schools in the nation.


The College’s North Las Vegas Campus is located on a 71-acre parcel. The campus has 612,000 square feet of academic, student service, and support space. Unique features of the campus include the only planetarium in Southern Nevada, the Nicholas J. Horn Performing Arts Center, Fine Arts Gallery, and the CSN recreation center, home to the women’s volleyball team. In addition, a new student union opens in the fall 2019 semester, which includes a food court, meeting rooms, study space, courtyards, student government offices, advising offices, a multicultural center, and other student services.

This was CSN’s first campus location in the Las Vegas Valley, established in 1971. Featured academic programs at this campus include automotive technology, hospitality and gaming, early childhood education, information technology and music alongside general education classrooms and science labs. Our student-run restaurant, Russell’s, as well as financial services and print services are located on this campus. The North Las Vegas Campus houses CSN High School East, a collaboration with the Clark County School District that ranks among the highest achieving schools in the nation.


The College’s Henderson Campus is located on 72 acres and includes 218,554 square feet of building space. This campus features a variety of general education courses and specialized classes in fields such as air conditioning, aviation, welding, and police training. It is also home to the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy, and the Morse Stadium and Lied Sports Complex, used by CSN’s national championship baseball and softball teams. Solar panel arrays on many of the buildings at this campus showcase CSN’s commitment to green initiatives.

In addition, a new student union opens in the fall 2019 semester, which includes a food court, meeting rooms, study space, courtyards, student government offices, advising offices, a multicultural center, and other student services. Construction will begin in fall 2019 on a new 73,000 square-foot health and science building that will be operated in partnership with Nevada State College.


Clark County Community College opened its doors to 402 southern Nevada students in August 1971 and enrollment grew rapidly. By the early 1990s, more than 20,000 students studied at what was then called the Community College of Southern Nevada. In 2007, the name was changed to the College of Southern Nevada to reflect the addition of niche bachelor’s degrees. Today, CSN serves more than 35,000 students across the Las Vegas Valley each semester. Each of CSN’s campuses in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson cover approximately 80 acres, with other sites and centers throughout southern Nevada. CSN specializes in two-year degrees, niche bachelor’s degrees and workforce development that lead directly to high-demand careers or transfer to a university. The College has become an economic force within the region, with an estimated $1.1 billion annual impact.


CSN provides a grounded education based on real-world applications for real life. An academic curriculum, diverse programs, and hands-on teaching delivery allow students to learn and apply practical solutions for their educational success and personal growth. The College provides excellence in teaching with an innovative, student-centered education through active learning and appropriate technology. The faculty steps outside traditional approaches, consistently demonstrating an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit while the facilities reflect the College’s commitment to the latest in technology. CSN provides access for all to higher education, regardless of age, race, ethnicity or economic barriers. The college community is a welcoming one for a wide range of students, faculty, and staff.


CSN creates opportunities and enriches lives with inclusive learning and working environments that support diversity and student success. Situated in the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area, CSN’s mission ensures the College serves the diverse educational needs of the communities and businesses within the southern Nevada service area.

An Institutional Advisory Council helps link the College to the community it serves and to anticipate regional educational trends. The council, comprised of community and business leaders, provides input on college operations to the College President and state higher education officials.

The college’s Division of Workforce and Economic Development helps meet the training needs of southern Nevada’s workforce and employers.

The Division is an entrepreneurial and self-supporting arm of CSN that works with the region’s business and key industry sectors in the assessment, design, and implementation of customized curricula and training programs. It also provides services to students, employers, employees and adult learners seeking education opportunities, new skills, and career advancement.

CSN is a growing and influential network that enables students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to advance personally, professionally and intellectually. Its vibrant network of people and programs creates lifelong benefits for all students. As the communities of southern Nevada continue to grow in both population and diversity, CSN’s commitment is to remain highly accessible to serve the diverse needs of an increasing population.


The selected candidate will discover an environment where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with optimal quality of life in a locale with abundant opportunities for work and play. Las Vegas has drawn millions of visitors and trillions of dollars in wealth to southern Nevada, and the economy is on the rise, named the No. 11! “Best City to Start a Business” by Forbes in 2014.

Las Vegas is an excellent base camp for outdoor recreation. Popular nearby hiking and rock-climbing spots include Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon, the National Conservation Area, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, and Valley of Fire State Park. Residents enjoy pleasant suburban communities, including the cities of North Las Vegas and Henderson, world-class restaurants and beautiful parks.

Las Vegas features an ultra-reasonable cost of living, with affordable prices on everything from housing to utilities to groceries compared to most major cities across the nation. Thanks to its mild winters and ample sunshine, Las Vegas appeals to a variety of age groups, from retirees to millennials. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities available to keep families busy including Springs Preserve, which offers family-friendly events, in addition to its museum exhibits, botanical gardens, and unique, desert-themed playgrounds. It’s all here for the human resources professional prepared to step up to this key leadership role.


The Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources (SAVP-HR) leads human capital initiatives and strategies that will support high levels of employee engagement, promotes customer service excellence, and attracts and retains high performing employees. The SAVP-HR oversees all aspects of human resources including talent acquisition and management; compensation, benefits, and wellness; employee relations; employee development and retention; and performance management. In addition, this position also has administrative responsibility and oversight for the Office of Institutional Equity that handles matters
pertaining to EEO/AA, ADA/ADAAA, and Title IX matters and will act as the College’s Chief Human Resources Officer.

The SAVP-HR will collaborate on initiatives with the College’s senior leadership and will be a member of the leadership council as designated by the President of the College.


  • Establish effective coordination and collaborative approaches with internal and community stakeholders to ensure consistent information is shared within the College, and with its leadership and the community.
  • Act as an advocate by promoting the mission of the College and sharing information to ensure that all necessary individuals and entities have current and accurate information about the College.


  • As a strategic leader, collaborates in the development and execution of the College’s Mission, Vision, and Values to create a diverse, qualified, and engaged workforce through initiatives and programs that primarily focuses on human resources management – talent acquisition, development, and retention, compensation and benefits, HRM systems, performance management, employee relations, organizational development, and succession planning;
  • Creates, develops, and motivates a strong professional HR team that delivers excellent customer service and brings discipline and consistency to HR processes throughout the College;
  • Ensures the acquisition, development, and retention of talent through progressive and vision aligned recruitment, employee development, and purposeful retention efforts;
  • Collaborates with the Office of Institutional Equity and the Office of Inclusive Learning and Engagement, to ensure a diverse and inclusive employee population and advance the principles of equity, inclusion, and accessibility through the development and implementation of policies, practices, initiatives, and protocols; and
  • Creates, enforces, and evaluates HR policies that are aligned with state and federal legislation, Board of Regents (BoR) and Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) regulations, and other CSN policies;
  • Analyzes, interprets, and ensures compliance with state and federal legislation, BoR and NSHE regulations, and CSN policy;
  • Utilizes technology and software platforms to provide reports for compliance with state, federal, and statutory requirements.


  • Master’s Degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business Management, Leadership, or a closely related field from a regionally or nationally accredited college, or equivalent work experience in a similarly sized higher education institution or company.
  • Seven (7) years of progressively responsible human resource experience with at least (5) five years of experience as a senior human resources professional.
  • Experience working successfully in a complex, centralized environment.


  • Human Resources experience in Higher Education;
  • Experience working under a Collective Bargaining Agreement;
  • General knowledge of technology and information systems used in human resources applications, i.e. Microsoft Office, Workday, Instructure – Bridge; and
  • Relevant HR certification(s), such as SPHR, PHR, CCP, ODC


  • Knowledgeable of and demonstrated skill in leadership, emotional intelligence, mediation, conflict resolution, and change management principles;
  • Knowledgeable of and demonstrated skills in designing and executing successful human resources programs;
  • Working knowledge of relevant federal/state regulations and laws governing employment and personnel management;
  • Excellent interpersonal, project management, customer service, organizational, and communications skills (oral, written, and listening);
  • Demonstrated skill in managing difficult situations with tact and diplomacy, multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment, and maintaining confidentiality;
  • Knowledgeable of and demonstrated skill in designing and implementing organizational development and planning programs/initiatives that develop, train, and engage employees at all levels;
  • Strong personal and professional commitment to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals with diverse backgrounds and groups representing numerous perspectives and interests; Sensitivity to issues associated with diversity and multiculturalism;
  • Proven track record of success in senior leadership (director level or above) positions within HR and/or organizational development/planning/efficiency departments;
    Proven ability to coach and develop others at all levels (direct/indirect reports);
  • Leadership experience in HR, personnel, and/or organizational planning/development/efficiency in both private business and higher education and/or public sector;
  • Experience with implementing and improving the functionality of large-scale human capital software systems;
  • Ability to initiate and lead continuous improvement efforts through innovative HR solutions and technology and to create, implement, administer, and evaluate best practices in human resources programs and services; and
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation that has produced significant positive organizational outcomes on multiple and measurable dimensions.

Personal/Professional Attributes

  • Proven ability to foster a cooperative work environment internal and external to the department/division among unique and diverse individuals;
  • In-depth knowledge of creative, forward thinking, contemporary principles of human capital management and organizational development; and
  • Creativity, bold leadership, and a fundamental reimagining of the human resources practices leaders use to manage a rapidly changing labor market.


CSN provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits depending upon the skills and experiences of the individual we hire.



  • State Operating Budget (FY19): $150,671,866
  • Student Enrollment (Fall 2018)
    • FTE: 19,155.7
    • Headcount: 35,103
    • Non-Credit Enrollment (Fall 2018) 3,291
  • Full-time Teaching Faculty (FY18): 537
    • Full-Time Non-Teaching Employees (FY18)
    • Administrative: 294
    • Classified: 377
  • Number of Part-Time Faculty (Fall 2018) 1,093
  • Full-Time Employee Diversity Statistics (FY18)
    • Male: 43.8%
    • Female: 56.2%
    • White: 59.6%
    • Non-White: 40.4%


  • Student Enrollment
    • FTE: 19,155.5
    • Headcount: 35,103
  • Student Gender
    • Male: 43%
    • Female: 57%
  • Student Ethnicity
    • Hispanic: 33%
    • White: 30%
    • African American 11%
    • Asian: 11%
    • Pacific Islander: 2%
    • Other/Unknown: 14%


The College of Southern Nevada has retained the executive search services of Gold Hill Associates to assist in the recruitment and evaluation of potential candidates for the position of Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources. The position description can be found at Submission of application materials will be accepted only by email to:


  1. A cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications and experience.
  2. A current resume or CV
  3. Reference contact information (required only for those selected as semi-finalists)


Dennis Michaelis, Ph.D.
Search Consultant,
Gold Hill Associates
(254) 297-9896


The College of Southern Nevada is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability (whether actual or perceived by others), religion, age, sex/gender (including pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran status (military status or military obligations) in the programs or activities which it operates.


Gold Hill Associates is dedicated solely to community college executive searches. Operating since 1990, Gold Hill Associates has assisted over 100 community colleges in searches for new presidents and executives. We are the most comprehensive independently owned community college executive search firm in the country. We work in colleges throughout the country, from small rural institutions to sizeable urban multi-college districts. Our search procedures are effective and rely on input from all college constituencies. At all times, we respect the need for confidentiality and ensure all applicants that their application materials will be honored as such.

Mountwest Community and Technical College - Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (Huntington, WV)

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Mountwest Community and Technical College, a unit of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, seeks an experienced leader to serve as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. The Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs will oversee both the academic and student services divisions of the college. This position reports directly to the President. This is a full-time, exempt, staff position beginning in the Spring 2020 term.

Mountwest Community and Technical College is the westernmost community college of the mountain state. It is situated on a “mount” just off interstate 64 in the Tri-State region of West Virginia where Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia join in the Ohio River Valley.

While the majority of the student population is West Virginians, the college serves a substantial number of “metro” students from the bordering states. Students enjoy a beautiful, safe 30-acre campus atop the fifth street hill in Huntington, WV. Enrollment has been stable for the past several years with approximately 3,000 students attending annually. Programming at Mountwest is diverse with over 50 majors and concentrations, the largest of which are health science and information technology. The College has two extension centers – a production style culinary arts center and the Maritime Academy that produces deckhands and boat pilots for navigation of the Ohio River.

In recent years, Mountwest has enjoyed a resurgence in support from the West Virginia legislature. State allocations have grown and the legislature has enacted West Virginia Invests, its version of free community college for non-degree holding residents. Consequently, the future is bright for Mountwest and the new Vice President will have a wonderful opportunity to help guide the organization in what promises to be a dynamic transition within the State of West Virginia.

Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

With the retirements of both the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Student Services, the college has opted to combine the responsibilities of the two into one position with broader scope and authority. In the newly established position, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to build a more seamless, integrated system of student success. In order to provide structural support for the new position, the college has restructured reporting lines within student services and has strengthened its chairs structure within Academic Affairs. Early work on the Guided Pathways transition is now occurring within both Academic and Student Affairs.

In the search for the new Vice President, the college seeks an individual with exceptional leadership and communication skills and substantial track record within the college environment.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university is strongly preferred, with a minimum of 5 years of successful administrative leadership within a four-year or two-year institution, including supervisory or management experience.
  • At least three to four years as a faculty member in a college or university setting is desired but not required.
  • Working knowledge of the Guided Pathways model and an appreciation and understanding of student support services including student recruitment and retention, registration, financial aid, and counseling is required.
  • Evidence of strong, effective collaboration working across division lines, with experience with the regional accreditation process and academic program review is preferred.
  • The successful candidate will have an involvement in and appreciation for the importance of institutional assessment, a commitment to diversity, inclusion and the shared governance process.
  • Excellent communication, human relations, leadership, planning, and organizational skills are required.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Promote strategic collaboration across the divisions through building a coordinated Guided Pathways system to ensure that Mountwest’s instructional and student services efforts become a model of excellence in achieving student goals and outcomes, from the point of student contact through instructional program completion.
  • Ensure all appropriate metrics, both leading and trailing, are in place to monitor the effectiveness of the Guided Pathways system.
  • Provide leadership for all aspects of academic and student service administration and programming, including the assessment of student learning outcomes, academic program review, curriculum development, academic budgeting, course scheduling, faculty evaluation and development, academic staffing, retention, recruitment, counseling, registration, financial aid, and other related functions.
  • Serve as the college’s accreditation liaison officer with the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission.
  • While remaining objective and professional when handling difficult situations, lead the Deans and Associate Deans of the college
  • Other duties as assigned.


The salary is commensurate with education and experience. To view information regarding benefits at Mountwest, please visit the following link:

How to Apply:

For full consideration, all application materials should be submitted by September 20, 2019. The application should include a letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant’s background in relation to qualifications described (not more than four pages); a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of at least five professional references with each person’s position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. All applications will remain confidential.

Please include with your online submission:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Unofficial Transcripts
  3. Letter of Interest

The search is being assisted by Dr. Walter Nolte, Gold Hill Associates. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF format) via the following web portal link:

Mountwest Community & Technical College is an EEO/AA Employer

Questions? Email Walt Nolte at You may also call Walt at 307-262-2576.

Mesa Community College - Senior Associate Vice President (Phoenix, Arizona)

Mesa Community College

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The Senior Associate Vice President (SAVP) reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (EVP) and works collaboratively with faculty, academic, and student affairs staff to strengthen a culture committed to the success of all students, building a comprehensive system of guided pathways, enhancing transfer and workforce partnerships, supporting a broad range of recruitment, retention and student success services, and promoting innovation and educational excellence.

The Senior Associate Vice President supports the EVP in providing leadership and support for academic and strategic enrollment planning, continuous improvement of academic, occupational, and student success programs and services to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and community partners in a multi-campus, multi-modal environment; promotes integrity, collaboration, innovation and continued professional development; supports the College’s efforts in narrowing equity gaps for all students; engages business and community partners to strengthen the College’s relationships to promote student success, transfer, and employment; and demonstrates a commitment to service excellence, collaboration, innovation, student success, and diversity. The Associate Vice President will also use data and assessment to make informed decisions about Guided Pathways and to improve the completion rates for the College.

The Senior Associate Vice President will demonstrate success at leading in a collaborative manner with all areas of the College. An appreciation and understanding of the shared governance process will play an important role in building trust and breaking down silos at the College.  The SAVP will possess a positive leadership style, sense of humor, unwavering commitment to student success, and must operate with a high level of emotional intelligence and ethical conduct.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Minimum Qualifications for Student Affairs or non-academic pathway: Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution in education or field related to area of assignment and four years of progressively responsible management and/or leadership experience in field of assignment that includes two years of supervisory experience. Examples of student affairs academic support management/leadership experience includes: program management, project management, budget development and management related to programs or projects, staff supervision, policy development, administration, evaluation and compliance. Equivalency allowed for Non Academic area.


  1. Minimum Qualifications for Academic pathway: Master’s Degree in a teaching field related to area(s) of assignment and four years of experience in an academic leadership and/or supervisory role in higher education and three years of teaching that includes curriculum/coursework development. Examples of academic leadership/supervisory experience includes: division/department chair, project management, policy development, administration, evaluation and compliance, committee leadership, program director, and shared governance.  No equivalency.

Desired Qualifications:

  1. A conferred doctorate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum of seven years successful post-secondary leadership and academic/student affairs administrative experience. Community college leadership experience highly preferred.
  3. Experience fostering an inclusive and equitable learning environment in a diverse setting.
  4. An exceptionally skilled communicator able to collaborate and build relationships internally and externally.
  5. Shared governance experience leading and managing within a multi-campus and multi-division environment
  6. Experience working with the Guided Pathways framework as a core business model.
  7. Demonstrated professional experience using evidence-based decision-making, short and long-term planning, and working within an accountability structure.

Challenges and Opportunities

The Senior Associate Vice President will be an innovative and collaborative leader prepared to successfully address the following opportunities and challenges:

  1. Provide leadership and support in implementing a comprehensive system of Guided Pathways with integrated support services.
  2. Develop and implement a strategic enrollment management plan that leverages the full spectrum of program offerings, addresses the demographic shifts in the local community, and supports enrollment, retention, and completion goals.
  3. Assist in the development and implementation of new organizational and shared governance structures designed to increase transparency, build more collaborative and trusting relationships across the college, and break down institutional silos.
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and narrowing the equity and achievement gaps of all students.
  5. Promote innovation in program and curriculum development, academic scheduling, student support services, professional development, and teaching and learning.
  6. Enhance partnerships with K-12 school districts, municipalities, transfer institutions, employers, and other key stakeholders for the purpose of advancing the college’s mission and creating opportunities for our students.

Salary Range: $102,566-$164,106 annually

College Overview:

Mesa Community College is known for service-learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to 30,000 students annually, MCC offers more than 195 degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations. Seamless transfer for students is facilitated by partnerships with more than 50 universities across the nation. A vibrant community, rich with alumni achievement and a part of the East Valley of Metropolitan Phoenix fabric for more than 50 years, MCC connects with those it serves through a range of business, industry, government, and K-12 partnerships.

MCC is transforming through Guided Pathways, with the goal to improve college completion, transfer and job attainment for all students. A Hispanic Serving Institution with a diverse student body that enriches the learning experience, MCC welcomes more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to compete locally and globally. MCC was named as one of the top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges, and has been awarded the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

MCC, located in the sunny and warm East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, is one of ten individually accredited colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). The District is the largest provider of post-secondary education in Arizona and one of the largest providers of higher education in the United States. MCC’s strategic plan and priorities, which focus on Effective Teaching and Learning, Strategic Enrollment Management, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, align with the District’s vision and Maricopa Transformation Plan

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Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

How to Apply:

For full consideration submit application materials by August 18 2019. Position will remain open until filled.

All inquiries, expressions of interest, nominations and applications are to be directed to the search consultant and are strictly confidential. Do not apply via the District job portal.
Please email the following to the search consultant listed below no later than August 18, 2019. Electronic transmissions are strongly encouraged.


  1. Letter expressing interest in the opportunity and how your background matches position requirements (not to exceed five pages)
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for a range of professional references (six minimum) to include a direct telephone number and email

This position is a non-classified position that will have an employment contract. Any internal hires waive their rights to classified employment by accepting the position.

Search Consultant:

Dennis Michaelis
Gold Hill Associates

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) will not discriminate, nor tolerate discrimination in employment or education, against any applicant, employee, or student because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status (including document abuse), age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Pending College Executive Job Searches

  1. Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus Presidential Search (Cleveland, Ohio)
  2. Clark College Presidential Search (Vancouver, Washington)

Please contact Gold Hill Associates with any questions regarding College President Job Searches.