After a national search and an intensive interview process, Mid Michigan College enthusiastically welcomed Mr. Tim Hood as its seventh president. Tim formally began his career at Mid in July of 2020.

president-hood-mid-michigan.jpgTim previously served as the President of Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois. He came to Highland as Vice President of Academics and Chief Academic Officer (CAO) in 2011, and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2014 before becoming president in 2015.

Prior to serving at Highland, Tim was the Vice President of Instruction/CAO at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Illinois after being promoted from Dean of Corporate Training and Community Education. As CAO, he was elected to serve as President of the Illinois Community College Chief Academic Officers organization, representing all 48 community colleges in the state.

Tim’s career in higher education began as a faculty member and workforce development trainer. In these capacities, he served for nine years at Madisonville Community College in Kentucky, before accepting a faculty position at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) for four years.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communication with a public relations specialization from SIUC, and a Master of Science in organizational communication, also from SIUC. He is now finishing his dissertation for a Ph.D. in organizational communication.

“I am so honored and excited regarding the opportunity to serve as the next president of Mid Michigan College,” said Hood. “Mid’s legacy as a premier college, the excellence of those who serve there, and the beauty of the region have collectively peaked my enthusiasm to live and work there.”

Having always been strongly connected with community partners, Tim served on the Workforce Connection Board (WIOA), the Northwest Illinois Economic Development Board, the Greater Freeport Partnership Board, and the Region 1 Planning Council. He was also a member of the Executive Committee for the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents.

The parents of five daughters and grandparents of three children, Tim and his wife Val are proud that each of their daughters has or will have successfully completed community college degrees before transferring to universities. All family and extended family members enjoy outdoor activities and prefer to live in and contribute to the livelihood of rural communities.

Tim began his tenure at Mid Michigan College under extraordinary circumstances, as the College strengthened its safety and preparedness measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, Mid continues to define itself, not by the external challenges it faces, but by its responsiveness and resolve to offer extraordinary and affordable educational opportunities to students across the State. The good work of the College and the achievements of its students draw from its legacy spanning more than five decades as an essential community partner. As Mid's president, Tim will work to ensure that the College advances into the future with the same commitment to excellence.