The next President of West Shore Community College will have the opportunity to build on the outstanding record and reputation of the College and its leadership.
The Board of Trustees and the community understand the strategic role that the College must play to provide opportunities to local residents in order for them to obtain the knowledge and skills to succeed in a 21st century economy.
The Board seeks a leader who sees West Shore as a destination, not a "stepping stone," and who is prepared to make a significant contribution to the College and lead the College to the next level of achievement and recognition.
The next President will lead an outstanding and vibrant academic community and commit his/her creative energy and leadership skills to further develop the collaborative and cooperative ventures within the surrounding communities the College serves.
About the College
West Shore Community College is located on 360 scenic acres located near Ludington, Manistee, and Scottville in western Michigan. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. West Shore earns its accreditation by participating in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). Michigan community colleges enjoy a relatively high degree of autonomy within the State of Michigan.
This small rural community college, with an annual budget of $12M and no debt, serves approximately 1,600 students annually. In addition to academic and continuing education programs, the College serves the community by offering special events and cultural activities throughout the year, as well as providing community access to its library, recreation center and ice arena.
The WSCC Foundation provides financial support for many activities that benefit the college, its students, and the communities it serves and is actively working to build its endowment fund to provide additional scholarships for students desiring to attend the college. With assets of over $6M, the Foundation has raised $6.5M since 2000. All of the programs sponsored by the Foundation have been made possible through the generous support of the businesses and people of the college's communities.
The College works closely with business and industry to provide a well-trained workforce in a variety of job skill areas. Its role in job training has grown to the point that today West Shore offers, or can custom design, a training program to fit almost any need.
West Shore has modern well-maintained facilities supported by a capital millage and the latest technology on campus for student use, from computers and computer programs to specialized equipment in math, science, computer network services, machine tool technology, nursing, welding and many other areas of study.
West Shore Community College seeks a visionary leader, committed to student success and retention, and to the economic well-being of the communities the College serves. The new president will be honest, ethical, inspirational and collaborative and will address the following:
Challenges and Opportunities
- Building upon West Shore Community College’s academic excellence while increasing enrollment and continuing to improve student success, including retention and completion rates.
- Expanding relationships with all levels of public and private schools, local and state government, and agencies to enhance service to the college district.
- Enhancing existing business and industry partnerships and further developing the region’s potential economic growth by establishing new relationships in order to improve the workforce preparation program.
- Ensuring careful and strategic deployment of existing resources through thoughtful prioritization, while also bolstering resources through development of additional revenue sources, securing new philanthropy, and enhancing existing revenue streams.
- Improving the technology infrastructure to be adaptive and responsive to emerging educational and workforce requirements.
- An honest and passionate advocate who is able to effectively convey community college interests at the local, state, and national levels.
- A confident, experienced educator, committed to high quality instruction and student success.
- A leader who will work to expand entrepreneurship in the community.
- A student-centered leader who can balance transfer and career program offerings and is responsive to current trends.
- An energized, engaged, enthusiastic and ethical professional who can be an integral member of the West Shore community.
- A leader who understands and engages in continuous quality improvement and effectiveness.
- A leader with successful experience with all aspects of college accreditation.
- A strong financial manager who understands budgets, funding and financial planning.
- An effective leader who possesses the ability to identify and create new revenue sources.
- A leader with demonstrated successful experience in fundraising and cultivating donors and who can enhance the role of the College’s foundation.
- A dynamic communicator, eloquent speaker and excellent listener.
- A skillful motivator and team builder who creates an environment whereby open and honest discussion is encouraged and who practices genuine collaboration with faculty, administration, staff and students.
- A leader with proven ability to forge new partnerships and foster existing relationships with K-12, other colleges and universities, business and industry, and community and regional organizations.
- A leader who possesses a vision for leading the campus to meet the 21st century technology needs for both the organization and pedagogy.
- A team builder who can effectively delegate, delineate roles and responsibilities, and ensure accountability.
- A leader who will identify and design creative means for increasing enrollment.
- A leader who develops and maintains a strong working relationship with members of the Board of Trustees.
- Substantial executive-level administrative leadership experience.
- Such experience will have demonstrated successful fiscal, organizational, and personnel management, all reflecting a high degree of personal integrity and the highest ethical standard. Candidates with a successful background in higher education would be considered ideal.
- An earned doctorate, terminal degree or the equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Teaching experience in higher education.