KCC Board of Trustees makes progress in presidential search

An exterior view of the entrance to KCC's North Avenue campus looking over the reflecting pools.

The Kellogg Community College Board of Trustees intends to announce later this month which finalists will be invited for public interviews as the Board continues its process of selecting the College’s next president.

In recent weeks, a screening committee comprised by trustees, community members and KCC personnel has been reviewing the applicant pool and preparing a recommendation of finalists for the Board to consider. The Pauly Group, an executive search firm working with the Board, received a total of 54 applications from interested candidates. A representative from the Pauly Group plans to provide an update at the Board’s next regular meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 on the North Avenue campus in Battle Creek.

“We are very optimistic about the diversity and apparent strengths of the applicant pool, and we are eager to move forward with our selection process,” Board Chair Steve Claywell said.

Once the Board determines which applicants it wishes to interview, the finalists’ names and interview schedule will be announced. Members of the campus community and general public will have opportunities to observe the selection process, including interviews and Board deliberations.

The Board intends to make its final selection in November before current President Mark O’Connell officially retires on Dec. 31. The new president is expected to formally begin at KCC on Jan. 1, 2020.

For more information about the presidential search process, visit Kellogg.edu/transition.

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