Good morning NMC community,

It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to share that we will soon be undergoing a leadership transition within the NMC Foundation.

Associate Vice President for Resource Development and Executive Director of the NMC Foundation Rebecca Teahen will be leaving the college July 15. During her more than ten years of leadership, the Foundation has evolved into a model for community college philanthropy. Rebecca overhauled the traditional view of giving and lived the vision for Be What’s Possible with a new style comprehensive campaign which raised a record-setting $40.3 million from 5,200 donors. Today the NMC Foundation is one of the top 20 community college foundations in the United States. The Be What’s Possible campaign is one of the largest and most successful campaigns ever undertaken by a community college foundation. Thanks to her leadership we also have a growing alumni network, with 27,000 graduates and 58,000 former students, and robust participation with the community through the Foundation Board and committee members.

There is never a good time for leadership transitions, but Rebecca’s thoughtfulness to see the campaign through its successful completion is key. We are also just beginning the important work of strategic planning with the NMC Foundation to support the College’s strategic plan, NMC Next. We are currently working with the NMC Foundation Executive Committee and key stakeholders on a transition plan that will help guide the NMC Foundation through this planning process and toward long-term success. We also know that the NMC Foundation is very strong financially and well equipped with talented staff who will continue to serve our students and donors. We will of course keep you updated as the process continues.

Please join me in thanking Rebecca Teahen for her successful career at NMC. As you know, she and her family have a long history with the NMC community and I know she will always be a strong supporter of the valuable work we do.

Nick Nissley, Ed.D. | President | Northwestern Michigan College | 231.995.1010

Northwestern Michigan College

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