Interview Times and Dates Set for NMC Presidential Candidates

TRAVERSE CITY — The five finalists for the position of NMC president will take part in a series of on-campus interviews and campus and community forums between August 23 and August 29. NMC’s Board of Trustees expects to name a new president in September, with a start date of Jan. 1, 2020.

The five finalists are pictured below:

Presidential Candidate finalists

Marsha Danielson photoMarsha Danielson

Allen Goben photoAllen Goben

Tim Meyer.photo
Tim Meyer

Nick Nissley photoNick Nissley

Tom Watkins photoTom Watkins

On-campus Interview Schedule

  • Friday, Aug. 23 – Nick Nissley
  • Monday, Aug. 26 – Tom Watkins
  • Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Marsha Danielson
  • Wednesday, Aug. 28 – Tim Meyer
  • Thursday, Aug. 29 – Allen Goben

Daily Schedule For Each Candidate

  • 8:30–10:30 a.m. - Interview with Board of Trustees
    Hagerty Center, Great Lakes Campus
  • 2:30–3:30 p.m. - Campus Forum
    Milliken Auditorium
  • 4–5 p.m. – COMMUNITY FORUM
    Milliken Auditorium
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. - Follow-up Meeting of Candidate with Board of Trustees
    Hagerty Center, Great Lakes Campus

A total of 67 people applied for the position of NMC president. Presidential search firm The Pauly Group reviewed the applicants to ensure all met the minimum criteria for the job. The Pauly group recommended 20 candidates to the presidential search committee. That committee narrowed the list to eight candidates for video interviews. After the video interviews, the committee recommended five finalists for in-person interviews.

This is the culmination of work since Nov. 1, 2018, when current president Timothy J. Nelson announced his intention to retire on Dec. 31, 2019.

For more information and updates to the presidential transition process, visit nmc.edu/transition. For more information on the five finalists, visit nmc.edu/candidates.

Release date: August 15, 2019

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director, NMC Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

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NMC and Michigan Tech create new articulation agreement for engineering students

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and Michigan Technological University have developed a new 2+2 degree program designed to  increase student completion and reduce the cost for engineering students by formalizing agreements between the two institutions to accept and award credit for classes taken.

NMC President Timothy J. Nelson and Michigan Tech President Richard J. Koubek signed the seven new articulation agreements Wednesday, August 7 at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus in Traverse City.

These articulations will begin in fall of 2019. Engineering students will be able to take their first two years at NMC then transfer to Michigan Tech as a junior.

NMC Sciences Department Head Jerry Dobek helped design the articulations and said, “This agreement creates a new pipeline for engineering students more likely to complete their 4-year degree at Michigan Tech and provides cost savings for students by allowing them to take their first two years at NMC. These agreements will really give our students a much stronger pathway to success.”

The engineering programs include:

  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology

Students who complete this 2+2 program will be able to earn both an associate degree in science and arts at NMC and their bachelor of science in engineering in one of seven programs at Michigan Tech.

“Northwestern Michigan College is dedicated to creating pathways to success for our learners, while also working to find new ways to meet the needs of the industries in our community,” said President Nelson. “This new agreement with Michigan Technological University achieves both of those goals while solidifying NMC as a key connector and choice partner in the changing landscape of higher education.”

“Michigan Tech believes that education is the most powerful engine for social mobility,” said Koubek. ”With this latest set of articulation agreements, Michigan Tech and NMC, working together, can now provide students even greater opportunities to earn a four-year degree that will position them for successful, high-paying careers right here in Michigan.”

Work on these agreements between NMC and Michigan Tech started 18 months ago, but built on a strong shared history of collaboration. The first 2+2 program between the schools was created in 1990. This new set of agreements reflects how engineering programs have changed over the years and how graduation requirements have become more ‘specialized’.

NMC has articulation agreements in place with 35 educational institutions for more than 100 programs.

Release date: August 7, 2019

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director, NMC Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

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Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

NMC Board of Trustees to Interview Five Finalists for President

TRAVERSE CITY — Five people will visit Northwestern Michigan College to interview to become the college’s new president. The in-person interviews will be scheduled to take place within the next month. Those visits will include campus and community forums open to the public.

The finalists are:

  • Marsha Danielson
  • Allen Goben
  • Tim Meyer
  • Nick Nissley
  • Thomas Watkins

NMC Board Chair Chris Bott said, “The Board appreciates the dedication of the search committee as we work to identify the right person to build upon our college’s successes and lead NMC into the future. The next phase will be critical as we learn how these candidates fit with our communities and culture.”

A total of 67 people applied for the position. Presidential search firm The Pauly Group reviewed the applicants to ensure all met the minimum criteria for the job. The Pauly group recommended 20 candidates to the presidential search committee. That committee narrowed the list to eight candidates for video interviews. After the video interviews, the committee recommended five finalists for in-person interviews.

This is the culmination of work since Nov. 1, 2018, when current president Timothy J. Nelson announced his intention to retire on Dec. 31, 2019.

NMC’s Board of Trustees expects to name a new president in September, with a start date of Jan. 1, 2020.

For more information and updates to the presidential transition process, visit nmc.edu/transition.

Release date: August 6, 2019

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director, NMC Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

Non-discrimination Policy Notice

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

iDance Bake Sale Aug. 5 and 6

NMC iDance, a student group centered around partner dance, is putting on a bake sale to raise funds for the next bi-annual Opera House Dance. The sale will be on the 5th and 6th of August from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NMC’s campus in the Health & Science Building’s lobby.

NMC Presidential Search Committee to Interview Eight Candidates

TRAVERSE CITY — Eight people will take part in video interviews to become the new president of Northwestern Michigan College. The interviews with the presidential search committee are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 5 and 6 in rooms 215/217 of NMC’s University Center. The meetings are open to the public.

The candidates are:

  • Marcia Conston
  • James Conwell
  • Marsha Danielson
  • Allen Goben
  • Tim Meyer
  • Nick Nissley
  • Thomas Watkins
  • Christy Weber

NMC Board Chair Chris Bott said, “The Board is excited to move forward with the important process of choosing the next leader of Northwestern Michigan College. Our institution is strong and is in a good position to attract a competitive pool of candidates. The Board remains committed to identifying the next leader dedicated to preparing our learners and our region for success.”

After the video interviews, the committee will recommend three to five candidates to the Board of Trustees for in-person interviews later in August.

A total of 67 people applied for the position. Presidential search firm The Pauly Group reviewed the applicants to ensure all met the minimum criteria for the job. The Pauly group recommended 20 candidates to the presidential search committee. That committee narrowed the list to eight candidates for video interviews.

This is the culmination of work since Nov. 1, 2018, when current president Timothy J. Nelson announced his intention to retire on Dec. 31, 2019.

  • Nov. 27, 2018 – Request for proposals (RFP) put out for search consultant
  • Jan. 15, 2019 – Pauly Group selected as the search consultant among four finalists
  • Mar. 18 – Community member seats made available on presidential search committee. Holding eight seats, community members are the largest group within the 20-member committee that also includes trustees, faculty and staff. 
  • April – Consultant holds forums with stakeholder groups on campus and in the community
  • May 20 – Presidential profile approved, position advertised with July 7 as the deadline for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however.
  • July 7 – Date for priority applications to be received by Pauly Group
  • July 8-9 – Pauly Group conducts initial screenings to select about 20 potential candidates for further Search Committee screening
  • July 25 – Search Committee reviews pool and rates each candidate
  • August 5-6 – Search Committee interviews semi-finalist candidates via video and recommends 3-5 finalists for further consideration by Board of Trustees through Board interviews and campus forums

NMC’s Board of Trustees expects to name a new president in September, with a start date of Jan. 1, 2020.

For more information and updates to the presidential transition process visit nmc.edu/transition.

Release date: July 31, 2019

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director, NMC Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

Non-discrimination Policy Notice

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

New Student site design

Welcome to the new homepage for students.nmc.edu! The new homepage and site design is the result of input from multiple student groups, work by NMC’s Information Technology Services department and coordination by NMC’s Public Relations, Marketing & Communications office. It’s intended to give faster and more personalized access to the links and services you need most, while presenting more and better-organized information on student news and events. As with the new look for nmc.edu that launched in January, there may be a few kinks to work out in the beginning. Please let us know if you see something that might need a tweak. And as always, we welcome your feedback.

NMC Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
publicrelations@nmc.edu

Payment Due Date for Fall 2019 is July 30

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Welcome our new Dennos Museum Director!

NMC is proud to welcome Craig Hadley as the new Executive Director of the Dennos Museum Center!

Craig comes to NMC from DePauw University in Indiana where he was Director/Curator with rank of Assistant Professor. He oversaw the recently accredited University Galleries & Collections, which serves as a hub for undergraduate teaching and research. Craig also regularly taught independent studies and capstone courses, introductory museum workshops, and reading topics in the program’s museum studies minor.

The NMC search committee highlighted Craig’s understanding of the higher education landscape, passion for the mission of museums and desire for interconnected learning and building bridges as some of his strengths.

Craig holds a master’s degree in History and Museum Studies from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College. He is an active board member of the Association of Academic Museums & Galleries, and also serves as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum & Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please welcome Craig when he officially begins his new role with NMC on September 4, 2019.

NMC Board of Trustees approves balanced budget, sets tuition and fees for 2019-20

TRAVERSE CITY — During its regular monthly meeting, the Board of Trustees for Northwestern Michigan College voted 6-1 to approve a balanced budget and set tuition rates and fees for the fall 2019 and spring/summer 2020 semesters.

General tuition rates for residents will increase by $3.05 per contact hour for in-district students, from $105.95 to $109.

“We are dedicated to preparing our learners for success in a rapidly changing global society and economy,” said Timothy J. Nelson, president of Northwestern Michigan College. “In order to do that we must continue to explore, innovate and create. We at NMC have been exploring new programs and building unique market advantages. This includes professional training in key program areas like marine technology, drones, aviation and more. Not only do these programs build on existing expertise, but they will give financial support to the critical work to educate learners in more traditional areas.”

New in this budget, college leaders have worked with industry to develop new programs like surveying and the Marine Center to create new revenue streams to support the overall college budget.

For 2019-20 NMC’s revenue will be 21 percent from state aid, 24 percent from local property tax, 51 percent from tuition and fees and four percent from other sources.

Northwestern Michigan College general rate tuition categories:

Category

2018-2019 Tuition

2019-20 Tuition

In-District

$105.95

$109

Out-of-District

$220.30

$227

Out-of-State

$287.20

$296

International

$324.50

$334

Release date: June 25, 2019

For more information:

Vicki Cook
Vice President for Finance and Administration
vcook@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1144

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New GLCI, IAF directors hired

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College this spring welcomed a new leader for the Great Lakes Culinary Institute and the first-ever director of the International Affairs Forum.

Leslie EckertLeslie Eckert (right) is the new director of GLCI, taking the reins of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)-accredited program June 5. Eckert studied, taught and managed programs at three campuses of the International Culinary Schools, in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and most recently, Raleigh, N.C. In North Carolina she was the academic director for Culinary Management, Culinary Arts & Baking Programs. Her top priority at GLCI is increasing enrollment and student retention.

Like GLCI students, Eckert, 51, initially earned an associate’s degree. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s in culinary management and an MBA with a concentration in hospitality management. She hopes to cultivate a desire for career advancement among GLCI students, too.

“When you start building on those degrees, it really opens doors for you,” she said.

Eckert is also a fellow in the American Academy of Chefs and is certified by the ACF as both an executive pastry chef and as a culinary educator. She succeeds Fred Laughlin, who retired in December 2018.

Eckert arrives on the cusp of GLCI opening Cafe Lobdell’s for its second summer of service. The capstone course in GLCI’s one-year Baking Certificate program, coffee and pastries will be served in Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant from 7-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 25-Aug. 1. Find out more about culinary programs at nmc.edu/culinary.

Leila HilalLeila Hilal (right) is the first-ever director of the International Affairs Forum. She spent the past five years as a fellow in the International Security Program at New America, a nonpartisan Washington D.C. think tank.

Also affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America, the International Affairs Forum marked its 25th anniversary this year. Originally a monthly lecture series featuring guest speakers in public policy, academia and media, IAF’s volunteer leadership has in recent years expanded its programming and outreach significantly. Hilal is charged with executing IAF’s mission to advance the understanding of the world and its critical issues through education and public dialogue.

Hilal received her law degree from SUNY-Buffalo in international law, and went on to earn a master of laws from Harvard University, specializing in public international law.

IAF concludes its 2018-19 season with a June 20 lecture in Milliken Auditorium, “Russia Against the West: Can the Post-WWII Global Order Survive?” Speaker Angela Stent is director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. The author of Putin’s World, published in February, Stent is America’s leading expert on the triangular relationship between the U.S., Russia and Europe, and previously served in the U.S. State Department and as a NATO adviser. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free for students and educators and $10 for others.

Release date: June 13, 2019

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director, NMC Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Success story: New culinary leader ready to grow enrollment

June 12, 2019

Les EckertAs a pastry chef, petit fours and artisan breads are Les Eckert’s favorite things to bake, but as the new director of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, she expects to focus on numbers and people.

Eckert, 51, (right) began her tenure at GLCI last week with a clear list of priorities: Increase enrollment, continue to improve student retention, get to know her team and insure GLCI is matching industry needs.

“We have to make the program so added-value that it’s attracting students from across the state, across the country,” said Eckert.

In taking the GLCI helm, she’s done so herself. A Florida native, Eckert studied, taught and managed programs at three campuses of the International Culinary Schools, in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and most recently, Raleigh, N.C.

She said the opportunity to direct an American Culinary Federation-accredited program following former director Fred Laughlin’s retirement was a major attraction of the NMC position. In both Tampa and Raleigh she went through the ACF process. Valid for five years, accreditation assures students that a program meets a set of standards and competencies for faculty, curriculum and student services.

“It’s an incredible feeling when your team has worked that hard,” Eckert said, adding that accreditation should serve as a beacon to students, distinguishing GLCI from other culinary schools.

“That is a huge deal for a culinary school. Chefs in the industry… when you are a graduate of a program that has it, they know you have a solid background,” she said.

As most GLCI students do, Eckert initially earned an associate’s degree. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s in culinary management and an MBA with a concentration in hospitality management. She hopes to cultivate a desire for career advancement among GLCI students, too.

“When you start building on those degrees, it really opens doors for you,” she said.

Building upon traditions like the annual Great Lakes, Great Chefs dinner where GLCI chef alumni return to cook a fundraiser dinner alongside current students, Eckert would like to see alumni return as mentors, internship partners and speakers.

As a Floridian, she’s also planning to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing as a means of embracing her first northern winter.

“I’m just super excited to be here,” Eckert said.

June 29 Flying Pancake Breakfast benefits Aviation scholarship

Support a good cause and enjoy a flipping good time as Chris Cake’s pancakes soar through the air in support of the Kevin Copeland Memorial Scholarship. Top your cakes with Herkner’s Cherry Topping & Out of the Woods Maple Syrup at this National Cherry Festival event sponsored by Molon Excavating.

Kevin Copeland was a graduate of NMC’s Aviation program and an NMC aviation instructor. He competed and flew in airshows all over the region, including the National Cherry Festival. At the time of his death, Kevin was an aircraft captain with Air Services, Inc. and an instructor at NMC. Friends, colleagues, and family members created the Kevin Copeland Memorial Scholarship in memory of his life and love of flying to inspire other students with a similar passion.

Learn more here.