Board approves contract for new President
Dr. Kojo Quartey selected as next MCCC President
Comprehensive Forum and Interview Schedule - pdf
MCCC Announces Finalists for President - pdf
MCCC Semi Finalist Interview Schedule - pdf
TO: Monroe County Community College Employees
FROM: William H. Braunlich, Chair, Presidential Search Advisory Committee
RE: MCCC Presidential Search Update
After an extensive national search, the MCCC Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) met on April 17, 2013 to review and consider applications for the position of president of Monroe County Community College. From a strong pool of highly qualified candidates, the PSAC recommended 8 individuals to the Board of Trustees as semi-finalists.
The Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the PSAC and the 8 semi-finalists have been invited to participate in interviews with the PSAC later this month. All semi-finalist interviews will be conducted by video conference at a meeting open to the public. The semi-finalist interview schedule will be announced as soon as arrangements have been finalized.
The semi-finalist candidates for president of Monroe County Community College are (in alphabetical order):
Amy DeSonia, Ph.D., serves as Chief Academic Officer/Dean of Academic Affairs at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic, CT. 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, MI, a Master of Public Administration in Healthcare Administration from Western Michigan University in Lansing, MI and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Flint, MI.
Carlee Drummer, Ph.D., serves as Executive Director of College Advancement and Executive Director of the Educational Foundation at Oakton Community College in Desplains and Skokie, IL. Previously, she served as Vice President of Lipman Hearne, Inc., in Chicago, IL. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY, a Master of Arts in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY and a Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH.
Utpal Goswami, Ph.D., serves as Vice President of Instruction at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. Previously, he served as Interim President/Superintendent of College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, a Master of Arts in Economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, a Master of Arts in Development Economics from Boston University in Boston, MA and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Delhi in New Delhi, India.
Karen Hays, Ph.D., 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, FL. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Texas in Austin, TX, a Master of Education from Florida Atlantic University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and an Associate of Arts from Miami-Dade Community College in Miami, FL.
Kojo Quartey, Ph.D., serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Previously, he served as Dean and Professor at the College of Business of Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied/Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS, 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, MD.
John Satkowski, J.D., serves as the Executive Vice President of Finance/Treasurer at Owens Community College in Toledo, OH. Previously, he served as Interim President of Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. He earned a Juris Doctorate of Law from the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH, a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH and a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Renay Scott, Ph.D., serves as Vice President and Provost of Owens Community College in Toledo, OH. Previously, she served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Owens Community College in Toledo, OH. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI and a Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.
Ms. Suzanne Wetzel serves as Vice President of Administration/Executive Director of the Foundation at Monroe County Community College in Monroe, MI. Previously, she served as Director of Institutional Advancement/Executive Director of the Foundation at Monroe County Community College in Monroe, MI. She earned a Master of Arts in Public Relations from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI and a Bachelor of Arts from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI.
Following the semi-finalist interviews in April, the PSAC will recommend finalists for consideration and interview by the Board of Trustees in May. Public forums on campus will also be scheduled for each finalist.
I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, to thank the sixteen members of the PSAC for their hard work and their valuable contribution to the presidential search thus far.
As always, if you have any questions about the search process, please reach out to our ACCT Search Consultants: Dr. Laurie Savona at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-595-4300 (cell) or John Steinecke at email@example.com or 202-384-6539 (cell).
At last night’s special meeting of the Board of Trustees, John Steinecke of the American Association of Community Colleges – MCCC’s consultant on the presidential search process – updated the Board on the progress of the search.
Earlier yesterday, the Presidential Search Advisory Committee met and discussed the qualifications of 35 candidates who applied for the position, a pool that Steinecke said was on the “high end of averages” for a search of this kind.
He provided the Board with a list of eight candidates who were recommended by the Search Advisory Committee for semifinalist interviews. The Board passed a motion by a vote of 6-0 to approve the list of candidates. Trustee Joe Bellino Jr. was absent.
The candidates were identified only by tracking number to protect anonymity until they accept the opportunity to be interviewed and respond in writing that they understand their names will become public.
An announcement of the semifinalist candidates is expected within 3-4 days. The interviews with those candidates will be done via video on April 29 and 30. The interviews will be open to the public.
Board of Trustees Special Meeting Notice - 4-8-13
At the March 18 special meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Board unanimously approved the “Presidential Profile” and “About the College” documents, which were submitted to the Board by the search consultants at ACCT after all comments from the campus community had been received and considered.
ACCT submitted the documents to the Board with recommended changes based on campus input. The documents were then reviewed and discussed by the Board prior to approval.
In addition, Director of Marketing Joe Verkennes presented the presidential search advertising plan and advertisement to the Board. The plan is currently being implemented. Verkennes also reviewed with the Board the presidential search Web site.