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Thursday, April 11, 2019

MCC Board approves hiring a presidential search firm

During their April 9 meeting, members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion to contract Gold Hill Associates to lead its presidential search.

With nearly 30 years’ experience, the Mississippi-based company has completed more than 145 chancellor, presidential and senior level administrative searches throughout the nation.

“Gold Hill Associates is very familiar with community colleges in Michigan, and we feel their experience and accessibility made them an excellent choice to lead our presidential search effort,” said MCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Karen Carbonelli. “In their proposal, they outlined key activities that fit in a timeline that meets our needs.”

The presidential search committee will be led by MCC Board of Trustees Treasurer Roger Thelen, of Stanton. In addition Chairperson Karen Carbonelli, of Gowen, and Vice Chairperson Bob Marston, of Sheridan, will serve on the committee, along with a variety of individuals representing various interests.

The process will include a nationwide search for the college’s next top leader, which will be facilitated by Gold Hill at a contracted amount of $41,000 plus expenses such as advertising, travel and other costs.

To begin, a series of public forums will be conducted to discuss the institution and leadership needs. This information will be used as a presidential search profile and job description are developed.

The public forums include: 

April 23

  • 12 noon to 1 p.m. in room D305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on the college’s Sidney campus.
  • 2 to 3 p.m. in room D305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on the college’s Sidney campus.
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room G129 in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center (Ash TLC) on the college’s Greenville campus. 

April 24

  • 2 to 3 p.m. in room D305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on the college’s Sidney campus.
  • 4 to 5 p.m. in room D305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on the college’s Sidney campus. 

MCC President Bob Ferrentino announced his retirement during the college’s Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 13, 2018. He will retire effective Dec. 31, 2019.

With Gold Hill’s assistance, the Board intends to have a new president in place by mid-December, creating a smooth transition in leadership.

“Bob has built a strong team here,” Carbonelli said. “Everybody has focused so much on student success and learning and it has really worked to move the college ahead. We are well positioned for the future.”