The Monroe County Community College Board of Trustees recently accepted the resignation of Secretary Florence M. Buchanan, who tendered it via letter effective Sept. 1, 2023.
The Board is inviting residents of Monroe County, Michigan who are 18 years of age or older and otherwise legally qualified to apply to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term.
Buchanan became a trustee in 2019 and was nearing the end of the fifth year of a six-year term set to expire in 2024.
“Florence Buchanan has had a profound impact on MCCC, first as a member of The Foundation at MCCC Board of Trustees and then as a valued member of the Board of Trustees, contributing great knowledge and wisdom to both,” said Aaron N. Mason, MCCC Board president.
“The community will always be grateful to her for her key roles in the areas of strategic planning and Board accountability. She is a local icon in terms of an executive who has dedicated an entire professional career to the leadership of local and regional organizations through voluntary service or her entrepreneurial arm, Customer Experience360, and prior to that as a vice president of a large, regional cable provider. As chair, I am thankful for what will be more than 4½ years of her selfless service to our board, and I am excited to be able to still witness her future contributions to our community through her continued and expanded work with the Monroe County Link Plan, helping guide future economic development for our community.”
Michigan law provides only 30 days for the Board to appoint a replacement trustee who will serve a term until the next regular community college election. The appointment for this vacant seat will expire on December 31, 2024. The next regular election is in November 2024.
Commitments for these non-compensated positions include but are not limited to the following:
- Regular board meetings, typically the fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
- Board study sessions and committee meetings scheduled as required
- Participation in other college functions including commencement, receptions, ceremonies, events, etc.
More information about the duties of the Board of Trustees at MCCC can be found in Section 1.00 of the college’s Policies and Procedures, which are located at http://www.monroeccc.edu/policies. A current Board roster, as well as meeting agendas and minutes, can be found at https://www.monroeccc.edu/board.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest along with name, address, preferred phone and email contact, and any additional information the candidate wants considered, such as a resume, references or letters of support. These application materials must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday September 5, and should be sent or delivered to: Trustee Search, Office of the President, Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI 48161.
Interviews will be conducted in public meetings in September according to the Michigan Open Meetings Act, and application materials are subject to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. Final appointment will be made by the full MCCC Board of Trustees at a special meeting before the end of September.
Additional materials are available upon request and questions may be directed to the President’s Office at Monroe County Community College at (734) 384-4311.
About Monroe County Community College
Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition. The college’s mission is to enrich lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences. The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit. The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border. Detailed information about MCCC is available at www.monroeccc.edu.