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Presidential Search 2020

Presidential Candidate Finalist Forums

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Candidate Leslie Kellogg

Candidate Leslie Kellogg

Monday, April 13, 2020

9AM – 10AM

Meeting with Faculty from Arts & Sciences and Business & Professional Studies

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Meeting with Faculty from Health Sciences & Nursing and Career & Workforce Education

11:30AM – 12:30PM

Meeting with Staff

1:30PM – 2:30PM

Open forum with Students and Community Members

Use this link to join the Zoom session.
2:45PM – 3:45PM

Meeting with Administrators

4PM – 5PM

Meeting with President’s Direct Reports

6PM – 7:30PM

Interview with Board of Trustees

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Background & Experience

Dr. Leslie Kellogg has a passion for the community college mission. As a first-generation community college graduate, she has first-hand knowledge of how a community college education can change lives in profound and lasting ways. Her experiences as a student sparked her love for community college education and catalyzed her successful career in community college leadership that has spanned over 20 years.

Dr. Kellogg has a broad range of professional experience and has worked at both a large urban college and a smaller rural college. At Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan, she held positions in grant management, career and technical education, high school partnerships, and institutional research. Since 2011, she has worked in academic administration at Lake Michigan College (LMC) in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where she previously held positions as an academic dean and then Vice President of Instruction. Since 2016, Dr. Kellogg has served as LMC’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Under her leadership, LMC has developed many new and innovative academic programs, including Culinary Management, Geographic Information Systems and Technology, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Wine and Viticulture Technology, and a public/private partnership to offer truck driver training. Dr. Kellogg has also championed many student success initiatives while at LMC, including the adoption of Guided Pathways to improve student retention and completion, and the development of a new standard for teaching technology and active learning classrooms. She has taught part-time at Henry Ford College, Lake Michigan College, and Ferris State University.

Dr. Kellogg holds an Associate of Arts degree from Henry Ford College, a Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University. While at Ferris State, Dr. Kellogg received the prestigious Wenrich Education Excellence Scholarship and the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award. She is also a graduate of the Chair Leadership Academy, the Michigan Community College Leadership Institute, and the Executive Leadership Institute.

Dr. Kellogg believes in the value of professional and community engagement and is active at the national, state, and local levels. She is a Higher Learning Commission Peer Review and a past Regional Director of the National Association of Career and Technical Education Information. She currently serves on several leadership committees of the Michigan Community College Association, including the MiTransfer Pathways Committee—a collaborative of community college, public university, and private university representatives supported by the Michigan legislature to improve credit transferability—and the Michigan Center for Student Success Advisory Committee. Locally, she serves on the Board of the Berrien County Children’s Advocacy Council and was appointed by the Michigan Senate to serve on the Benton Harbor Promise Zone Authority Board.

Dr. Kellogg is a native Michigander who currently resides in St. Joseph, Michigan. She is the proud mother of six children, four of whom are community college alumni. Her two youngest children are high school students taking community college classes through an early middle college program.


Candidate Sandra Kiddo

Candidate Sandra Kiddoo

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

9AM – 10AM

Meeting with Faculty from Arts & Sciences and Business & Professional Studies

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Meeting with Faculty from Health Sciences & Nursing and Career & Workforce Education

11:30AM – 12:30PM

Meeting with Staff

1:30PM – 2:30PM

Open forum with Students and Community Members

Use this link to join the Zoom session.
2:45PM – 3:45PM

Meeting with Administrators

4PM – 5PM

Meeting with President’s Direct Reports

6PM – 7:30PM

Interview with Board of Trustees

Use this link to join the Zoom session.

Background & Experience

Dr Sandra Kiddoo currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer at Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) where she over sees all academic programming and instructional technology. Dr Kiddoo has led the expansion of manufacturing programming at the college, including creating the plan and securing grant funding for the Center of Manufacturing and Construction Excellence. At HCTC, Dr Kiddoo has been involved in the community, including Rotary, Lions and Kiwanas as well as active in her church working on various outreach projects.

Prior to HCTC, Dr Kiddoo served at Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) as the Vice President of Academic Affairs where she oversaw all academic programming, workforce development, institutional research and accreditation. Dr Kiddoo was responsible for increasing state competitive grants her first year at MSTC by over 2 million dollars annually. She served as the institution’s Accreditation Liaison Officer. At MSTC she led in the development of several new programs, developed a high school academy model, oversaw a successful Higher Learning Commission reaffirmation visit and was involved in the community. Programming developed under Dr Kiddoo’s time at MSTC included the state of Wisconsin’s first IT Software Developer Apprenticeship, Fire Science Technology, Agribusiness, Cybersecurity, and Data Science to name a few.

Dr Kiddoo served in two roles at the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) as the Associate Vice President of Instruction and the Education Director for Transportation and Electronics Programs. She worked with all 16 technical colleges, various state agencies and legislators in the state on policy development. At WTCS she led the state’s efforts in the development of career pathways including involvement in the effort to bridge adult basic education with stackable credentials. Dr Kiddoo was also responsible for managing several grant funds and served as an expert in Perkins Career and Technical Education grants. Dr Kiddoo was active in developing apprenticeships and served on the state of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Council. Prior to WTCS Dr Kiddoo taught Economics and Business and worked in the transportation and manufacturing sectors. She also served on the board of directors for the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

Dr Kiddoo has presented nationally on Career Pathways, Stackable Credentials, Technical Skill Assessment, Apprenticeship and Faculty Workload models. Dr Kiddoo grew up in rural Wisconsin and holds a B.S in Economics and Business Management from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, a M.S in Education from Capella University and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Dr Kiddoo is a national expert on curriculum design of stacked credentials for her dissertation research. Dr Kiddoo has two daughters, both who have benefitted from two-year colleges. Mikaela is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin Madison and started her academic career at a two-year college and Vanessa, who is graduating from Western Technical College in La Crosse Wisconsin this spring and lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin.


Candidate Tim Hood

Candidate Tim Hood

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

9AM – 10AM

Meeting with Faculty from Arts & Sciences and Business & Professional Studies

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Meeting with Faculty from Health Sciences & Nursing and Career & Workforce Education

11:30AM – 12:30PM

Meeting with Staff

1:30PM – 2:30PM

Open forum with Students and Community Members

Use this link to join the Zoom session.
2:45PM – 3:45PM

Meeting with Administrators

4PM – 5PM

Meeting with President’s Direct Reports

6PM – 7:30PM

Interview with Board of Trustees

Use this link to join the Zoom session.

Background & Experience

Tim Hood has served at Highland Community College (HCC) in northwest Illinois since 2011. Before becoming Highland’s eighth President in 2015, he served as Vice President of Academics/Chief Academic Officer (CAO) from 2011-2014, then as Executive Vice President/CAO. Before coming to Highland, he served from 2006-2011 at Kaskaskia College (KC) in southern Illinois as Vice President of Instruction/CAO for three years, after being promoted from Dean of Corporate Training and Community Education.

Prior to moving into administration, Tim began his career in higher education at Madisonville Community College (MCC) as a faculty member in the Humanities Division, teaching communication and workforce development classes for business and industry from 1993-2002. He then served as a faculty member at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU-C) from 2002-2006, teaching business and organizational communication. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication, with a public relations specialization and a journalism minor. Before enrolling in graduate school, he served as the Marketing and Community Relations Director for a corporation in southern Illinois, before being promoted to General Manager from 1986-1989. During his years of leadership, the company increased business volume and gross revenue by more than 700 percent.

Tim decided in 1989 to return to SIU-C after being accepted into graduate school. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in organizational communication, during which time he was offered a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) position to teach undergraduate communication courses. He embraced the opportunity, and describes teaching and training as a collection of life-changing professional experiences. After developing a passion for college-level teaching, he decided to pursue a career as an educator, accepting his first full-time faculty position at MCC. In terms of education since then, he has successfully completed all doctoral coursework, preliminary exams, a prospectus defense, and is now finishing his dissertation for a Doctorate of Philosophy in organizational communication.

Earning tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor during nine years of service at MCC, Tim was recruited to return to SIU-C as a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies. Although he enjoyed teaching at his alma mater, he soon began to miss community college cultures—particularly the abundant opportunities to work with more adult learners, regional school districts, transfer programs, Career and Technical programs, and customized training programs in collaboration with business and industrial partners. He applied for two Dean positions at KC, and was selected to lead both areas as the two positions were merged into one—Dean of Corporate Training and Community Education. Shortly after increasing enrollment in customized workforce development programs by more than 300 percent, he was promoted to Vice President of Instruction/CAO at KC. In 2011, he was recruited to apply for the VP/CAO position at Highland, where the HCC Board of Trustees had expressed interest in a succession plan to find a CAO who would ideally earn the opportunity to serve as the next College President upon the retirement of the now Past President.

During his 14 years of executive administrative experience for two community colleges, Tim has been instrumental in launching 15 new programs, strengthening existing programs, cultivating and securing more than $10 million in alternative revenue streams, facilitating the creation of two student-centered Strategic Plans, developing and strengthening partnerships with external organizations. He also helped lead both colleges through three total Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation reviews, and moved each institution to greater levels of shared governance, inclusion, and appreciation of diversity.


Search and position posting

For the Presidential Search, Mid Michigan College has contracted with Pauly Group, Inc., a national search consulting firm that works exclusively with community and technical colleges.

The position announcement for Mid Michigan College's next president is posted in full on their site.

Position Posting


Press Release: Dr. Christine Hammond announces retirement

January 2020

Mid Michigan College President, Dr. Christine Hammond, will retire from her presidency in June 2020, six years after entering the role.

President Hammond began her presidency in 2014 , the year that the College opened two new buildings in Mt. Pleasant and celebrated its 50th year of service to the mid-Michigan region. Before joining Mid, she served as the Chief Academic Officer at North Central Michigan College. Having held various college and university roles over her professional career, she brought decades of expertise in higher education leadership to Mid.

During her tenure at Mid, President Hammond championed boldness of vision and action. She responded deftly to today’s shifting higher education landscape, encouraging her team to find innovative solutionsfor long term College sustainability.

Since her arrival, the College has expanded services to its students by creating a career center, veteran resource center, and by improving its overall student services model. Student wellness services, international opportunities, and athletic offerings have also expanded under her presidency.

In fall 2014, when the Michigan Center for Student Success launched its Michigan Guided Pathways Institute, President Hammond recommended that it be held at the College’s newly-opened Center for Liberal Arts and Business. Later that year, Mid became one of the first community colleges in the State to sign on to the new initiative. Since that time, Mid has developed nearly 60 academic pathways (semester-by-semester course sequences) to increase the number of students completing their degrees.

President Hammond has developed and advocated for the College’s shared governance system, launched during her presidency. Likewise, she promoted leadership at all organizational levels and has supported enhanced professional development opportunities for all College employees.

Committed to community service, she serves on theCentral Region Board of Mid Michigan Health System, the ACE Michigan Network for Women, National Association of Community College Entrepreneurs, MSU District Extension Advisory Council, MSU AgBio Research Council, the Phi Theta Kappa National Advisory Board, and the Clare Rotary. Her dedication to community-building is evidenced by Mid’s revitalization of Lifelong Learning and Community Education programming, as well as the College’s expanded course offerings in under-served communities and to dual enrolling high school students.

This dedication to community development is also demonstrated by President Hammond’s commitment to workforce development and deepening the skilled-labor pool in mid-Michigan. She strengthened ties between the College and the Central Michigan Manufacturers’ Association (CMMA) and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA), supporting increased connections between Mid’s skilled trades programming and local employer needs. In response to growing demands for industry-based credentials, she supported Mid’s involvement in the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3)—an affiliation through which Mid’s students have earned hundreds of certifications from industry leaders like Trane, Snap-on, Starrett, and Cisco.

Before she retires, President Hammond will see renovations conclude on the College’s Harrison Campus. The project’s $12 Million investment replaces deteriorating infrastructure and mechanical systems, making it one of the most energy-efficient community college buildings in the state.It offers inviting student gathering spaces and creates active-learning classrooms. Combined with the new Poet Family Outdoor Education Center, the new facilities create a welcoming atmosphere on the Harrison campus for members of our communities. The renovations stem from the College’s Campus Master Plan, developed in 2015 by architectural firm Newmann-Smith in consultation with over 200 community and College stakeholders—another effort initiated by President Hammond.

President Hammond’s efforts on behalf of Mid, its students and its employees, have been recognized at the State and National level. She received the Shirley M. Gordon Award of Distinction from Phi Theta, the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of Guard and Research in 2018, and the Key Partner Award from MSU Extension in 2019.

“Chris has worked tirelessly to set Mid on a path for future success and vitality. No one works harder than she does, and we are incredibly grateful for her vision, her dedication, and her leadership,” said Douglas Jacobson, Chair of Mid Michigan College’s Board of Trustees. “When we selected Chris for president in 2014, we wanted someone innovative and bold—and she has been exactly that.”

Although President Hammond will be concluding her presidency at Mid, she does not anticipate retiring altogether from higher education. She plans to continue offering her expertise and guidance to other colleges through consultative and professional services.

“It’s been a privilege to serve Mid Michigan College and the mid-Michigan region. As with most endings, this one is bittersweet. My husband, Tom, and I look forward to the new adventures in my life, but I’ll miss the professional and personal connections that I’ve built over the past six years,” explains Hammond.

For the next Presidential Search, Mid Michigan College has contracted with Pauly Group, Inc., a national search consulting firm that works exclusively with community and technical colleges. The College’s Board of Trustees will soon announce the Presidential Search Committee responsible for identifying and interviewing candidates. Applicant recruiting will begin by early February, with the Board of Trustees inviting final candidates for interviews in April.

For more information about Mid Michigan College, President Hammond, and the forthcoming presidential search, visit midmich.edu/presidentialsearch2020.


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