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The Bay de Noc Community College Board of Trustees invites
nominations and applications for the position of President of Bay
de Noc Community College to replace Dr. Laura Coleman, who will
retire as President effective June 30, 2023, after serving as the
fifth and longest-serving President in Bay College’s 60-year
Bay College was established in 1962 and is a rural, public
community college with two campuses located in south-central Upper
Peninsula: Main Campus in Escanaba, Michigan and West Campus in
Iron Mountain, Michigan. Bay College, an Achieving the Dream Leader
College of Distinction, offers multiple transfer degrees and a
variety of workforce and short-term training programs, community
education classes, and provides services to the community. The
College contributes to the Upper Peninsula’s vitality as a
proactive leader in workforce development, educational
partnerships, and cultural events.
The south-central Upper Peninsula (U.P.) is located on the north
shore of Lake Michigan and offers many natural amenities, coupled
with a moderate cost of living to provide a vibrant quality of
life. Hospitals, quality schools, libraries, YMCAs, art centers and
museums, airports, and state and local parks are community assets.
Bay College Main Campus is located in Delta County, the region’s
leading manufacturing epicenter with a rich history of stable and
healthy business climate. Bay College West Campus is located in
Dickinson County, a smaller micropolitan area that also serves
border areas in Wisconsin and has a significantly high
manufacturing presence with growing work force needs.
The next President of Bay College must be willing to make a
long-term commitment to the region, should demonstrate ethical,
innovative, and transparent leadership while focusing on student
success, and should demonstrate commitment to the community college
mission. In addition, the College seeks a President who champions
the priorities of the College and fosters an environment that
encourages collaboration and partnerships.
Bay College has several opportunities and challenges that will
require specific experience and skills from the next President:
President’s Minimum Requirements:
- Commitment to increase student success by establishing,
strengthening, and supporting initiatives that effectively serve
diverse, equitable, inclusive, and belonging learning
- Experience or commitment to work with the community on career
and technical education and workforce development programs and
- Dedication to foster a collegial environment to enhance college
faculty and staff morale.
- Commitment to work with and seek input from faculty, staff and
students regarding college policies, services, and strategic
- Recognize the importance of strengthening professional
development opportunities for faculty and staff that will foster
- Recognize the impact of accreditation and licensure
endorsements on programs, resources, faculty and staff.
- Forward-thinking ability to recognize opportunities for
advancing the College’s mission and develop creative approaches to
achieve strategic goals.
- Understand how to proactively market the College`s brand
throughout its service areas.
- Ability to develop and maintain critical partnerships
throughout the region, including K-12, higher education
institutions, employers, not-for-profit organizations, and other
- Ability to work effectively with the College’s Foundation to
achieve the Foundation’s fundraising goals.
- Commitment to encourage an environment of openness and
President’s Preferred Requirements:
- A master’s degree earned from an accredited college or
university (doctorate preferred).
- Minimum of five years of senior executive and team leadership
experience, preferably in an educational institution.
Months Per Year
- Experience in community college teaching and/or student
- Experience in aligning budgets with strategic goals, allocating
resources effectively, and setting financial priorities.
Hours Worked Per Week
The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the
employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger,
handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and
arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or
hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or
move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job
include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral
vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Travel is required
Expected Leadership Qualities:
- Work effectively with the Board of Trustees.
- Effective communication skills to proactively engage all
stakeholders with clear and persuasive speech, writing, and
presentations; and the ability to listen actively and seek
- Builds relationships and advocates at the local, state, and
federal levels to benefit the College.
- Manages current financial resources effectively and
efficiently, while providing leadership in the face of competing
financial priorities and funding pressures. Ensures the College has
sufficient resources into the future for its fiscal health and
- Demonstrates the ability to build community support, fundraise
and work with donors and legislators to meet financial needs of the
- Recognizes the current strengths of the College and builds on
those strengths while addressing enrollment and funding
- Understands the unique strengths and challenges facing a small,
multi-campus rural community college.
- Fosters a deep sense of community and belonging to support
faculty, staff and students in achieving the College’s mission of
student success by being an approachable leader.
- Addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion by actively
promoting and supporting a learning and working environment that
ensures mutual respect and civility.
Beth Berube, Director of Human Resources
Posting Detail Information
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Nominations and applications will be received until the position is
filled. Application materials should be received no later than
March 1, 2023
, to ensure full consideration.
The following documents are required to submit your
1. A letter of application that succinctly addresses the
opportunities and challenges identified, and how your experience
and professional qualifications prepare you to serve the needs of
Bay College (not to exceed 5 pages).
2. A current resume including an email address and cell phone
3. A reference list with the names, business telephone numbers, and
email addresses of eight references: two supervisors (past or
present), two direct reports (past or present), two peers (past or
present), and two faculty members (past or present).
These three (3) documents will be the only application information
presented to the Search Committee.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to upload and email all
required documents to
Dr. Preston Pulliams at email@example.com
This search is a Gold Hill Associates
assisted search. If
you have any questions or nominations, please contact Dr. Preston
Pulliams at 503.704.3425 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Dr. Kate Hetherington at 410.916.1290 or
This is a confidential process and will be handled accordingly
throughout its various stages.
For additional information about the application process, please
Beth Berube, Director of Human Resources
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