Muskegon Community College President Dr. Dale K. Nesbary was elected to serve a one-year term as chair of the Michigan Community College Association board of directors for 2020-21.
He will be the successor to chair John Crist, a trustee from Jackson College. Nesbary was elected by representatives of Michigan’s 28 community colleges.
Nesbary also was elected to serve a second one-year term as chair of the Michigan Community College Association’s (MCCA) Presidents Committee.
MCCA facilitates the collaboration and connection among the 28 Michigan public community colleges and their stakeholders. It provides legislative and public advocacy on behalf of community colleges at the state capitol in Lansing.
The association also advances shared initiatives through the Michigan Center for Student Success, Michigan Colleges Online and the Michigan New Jobs Training Program.
“During the past year, the Michigan Community College Association provided guidance on a host of issues such as talent development, budget issues, Black Lives Matter and the most disruptive issue of our lifetimes — the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nesbary, who, as Muskegon Community College’s president since 2009, has the second-longest presidential tenure in MCC’s 94-year history. “I am gratified to serve my colleagues in this new role.
“Many challenges face Michigan community colleges in the coming year, including maintaining a robust online presence. Our colleges transitioned from a mostly on-campus student experience to an online/remote experience on a dime this past March. I am confident that we are up to the challenge.”