- University Center, MI
The Board of Trustees invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of President of Delta College, University Center, Michigan. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and enjoys full accreditation status. This leader will serve as the College’s fifth president in its 60-year history.
Delta College is seeking a visionary, collaborative and inclusive leader who will prioritize student success and advance diversity, equity and inclusion, community partnerships and innovation. The president will:
- Build on the culture and history of the College and work with the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and community to create opportunities for all students to reach their full potential.
- Align workforce training needs with the skills of graduates by working with community and business representatives.
- Establish a foundation of trust.
- Empower faculty and staff to work together to create pathways to success for every student.
Delta College was founded in 1961 to serve the residents of Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties. These three counties comprise the district for the College and, while part of the Great Lakes Bay Region, are distinct in their strengths and characteristics. The College is known for its strong community connections, industry-focused training programs, collaboration with local school districts and commitment to an inclusive and equitable campus. The College serves students on its main campus and at its downtown centers in Midland, Saginaw and Bay City. The 640-acre main campus also includes a residence that is available to the President. The College is within 15 minutes of the local airport and just two hours from several major metropolitan communities.
The Great Lakes Bay Region is family oriented, offering a mix of natural beauty with progressive development and a variety of opportunities for education, cultural activities and year-round outdoor recreation. A moderate cost of living and diverse economic base makes it a desirable destination for residents and companies. Major employers include regional medical centers, school systems and universities (including a college of medicine), municipalities, financial institutions and a range of manufacturers that are world leaders in materials science and chemicals, automotive supply and agriculture. The workforce is made up of highly motivated, skilled and educated employees, many of whom are graduates of Delta College.
One out of every three local high school graduates in the region attends Delta College and 83% of its graduates continue to live in the area. Approximately 800 faculty and staff serve more than 9,000 students annually. With an average age of 23, 35% of students are enrolled in academic programs with plans to transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor’s degree. About 65% are enrolled in career programs, entering the workforce upon graduation. While 20% are students of color, the College is committed to further increasing diversity.
Through “Michigan Reconnect,” a new state of Michigan initiative offering tuition-free access for those 25 and older, Delta College is expected to grow adult enrollment and increase diversity.
The College is funded primarily by property taxes, state aid, and tuition and fees. In addition, the College has a strong Foundation with an endowment valued at $32.3 million. The College is free of any operational and infrastructure debt. The general fund is $66.9 million; when all funds are combined, $112 million. It offers the lowest in-district tuition rate in the region and a favorable student-to-instructor ratio.
Delta College’s academic and career programs are strong, with 84 associate degrees and 78 certificates that range from computer science and manufacturing to healthcare and law enforcement. The College is increasing its commitment to skilled trades while maintaining a priority focus on the humanities. In addition, the College is committed to partnering with K-12 and has a robust dual enrollment program.
Delta College is one of only a few community colleges in the nation to host both public radio and public TV stations on campus, connecting to more than 1.4 million viewers and listeners each year. The College’s Downtown Bay City Center includes a planetarium, another unique asset for community education and outreach.
- Aspen Institute’s College Excellence program named Delta College one of the top 50 community colleges in the nation.
- Achieving the Dream has recognized Delta College as a Leader College for its commitment to improve student success and close achievement gaps.
- The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education recognized Delta College in the top ten nationally.
- The Center for Digital Education has recognized Delta College as a “tech savvy college” for the last six years.
- Delta College has been designated nine years in a row as a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media.
- Delta College is a founding member of the League for Innovation in the Community College, a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating innovation in the nation’s community colleges.
Challenges and Opportunities:
- Foster a sense of unity within the College. Actively seek input from all constituents and strengthen cross-campus communication and collaboration. Continue a foundation of trust and transparency. Inspire and engage faculty and staff, students, trustees and stakeholders to work together to address the College’s and communities’ challenges and opportunities.
- Collaborate with faculty and staff to strengthen strategic enrollment management, retention and completion. Focus on new populations, programs and partnerships. Ensure a strong alignment between curricular offerings, student interests, workforce needs and economic opportunities.
- Serve as a regional leader. Strengthen alliances through collaboration with local business and industry, school districts, elected officials and universities to meet educational, cultural, workforce and economic development needs. The region’s demographics include potential students and employers in urban, rural and suburban settings.
- Lead a sustainable commitment to institutional diversity, equity and inclusion efforts through programs and services that support recruitment, increase retention, and completion rates for the success of students of color and under-represented constituencies.
- Apply lessons learned in the COVID-19 environment to improve delivery systems, use technology more effectively and better serve the diverse needs of the College’s students.
- Provide continued leadership in assessing and upgrading the campus infrastructure and technology, ensuring safe and state-of-the-art facilities for learning. Ensure the success of all learning facilities, including the recently constructed Downtown Centers.
- Implement a sustainable funding model that will support the College’s strategic plan and the success of all students.
- Develop an in-depth understanding of, and relationships with, the distinct communities throughout the service area, building on the unique characteristics of each county/city including demographics, industries, economic challenges and educational entities.
Delta College seeks a president who is an effective communicator and an ambassador and advocate for the College and its students. This leader will strengthen the academic and global profile of the institution, be visible and accessible on campus and in the regional community, notably in under-served areas. Preferred leadership characteristics include:
- Vision: Guided by ethics and integrity, a leader who communicates bold vision and creates a foundation of trust, transparency, accountability and collaboration to achieve that vision.
- Collaboration: Demonstrates a proven track record of fostering and implementing public/private partnerships with education, business, industry, and multicultural communities to meet regional education and workforce needs.
- Inclusion: Possesses an evidence-based commitment to diversity and equity through intentional partnerships with measurable institutional and community impact.
- Team leader: Models and supports the professional development, recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff.
- Listening: Seeks input from all constituents and is accountable to the College and community.
- Innovation: Data-driven, takes appropriate risks and understands the implications of changes on students, faculty, staff and the community. Supportive of faculty and staff in novel approaches to increase student learning, retention, diversity and inclusion.
- Technology-savvy: Embraces, leverages and supports technology on campus and in the classroom.
- Fiscally astute: Develops and implements a sustainable funding model that supports the College’s strategic plan.
- Engagement and advocacy: Advances the College’s position and strategies to secure support and resources to advance the College and its students. Engages with associations at the local, state, and national level including Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), League for Innovation and Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
- Committed to community colleges: An understanding of the complex dynamics of a comprehensive community college including respect for shared governance, the collective bargaining process and accountability to an elected Board of Trustees, to achieve the goals of the College.
- Non-academic expertise: Brings diverse experiences from outside higher education to enrich the College with the perspectives of its communities and constituencies.
- Master’s degree required. Doctorate preferred.
- 3-5 years of senior level administrative experience in higher education.
- Community college experience.
- Classroom teaching experience.
Monday, March 1, 2021