The Board of Trustees announced the search is underway for the next President of Midland College.
Trustees Announce Sole Finalist
Dr. Damon Kennedy
The Midland College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Damon Kennedy has been selected as the sole finalist for the position of President of Midland College.
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Our Next President
The President of MC will be a high-energy leader fully committed to the following:
Challenges and Opportunities
- Maintaining the outstanding culture, traditions, and reputation of MC
- Continuing to improve academic transfer and workforce education
- Strengthening strategic alliances with PK-12 and transfer institutions
- Increasing educational opportunities for regional rural communities with a particular emphasis on CTE opportunities for the rural school districts
- Identifying strategies to reverse a pattern of declining enrollment, to improve retention, and to advance success, completion, and matriculation rates
- Engaging with the MC Foundation to secure essential capital resources in support of the Master Plan, build upon the healthy endowed assets for scholarships, and significantly increase the level of unrestricted funds
- Honoring the ethnic and cultural diversity of the College and the community
- Fostering existing relationships and building strong alliances with business and industry leaders to provide relevant credit and non-credit training leading to employment opportunities for students in high-demand careers
- Seeking to restore the College’s Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation
- Adding value to the community through continued support of the College’s cultural events
- Developing a comprehensive regional approach to career and technical education that involves the local school districts, business and industry, and economic development entities
- A leader who supports an environment of trust, shared governance, open dialogue, transparency, and honest collaboration
- A student-focused leader with a proven track record as a student-oriented advocate
- An individual with a successful track record who is fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- An individual who will provide leadership in achieving the highest standards of performance in teaching and learning
- A data-driven decision maker who is bold, innovative, creative, and understands how potential changes may impact students, faculty, staff, and the community
- An individual with demonstrated success in increasing resource development, fundraising efforts, and working with foundations
- An educational leader with a proven track record of successful interactions with public education and dual credit initiatives
- An individual with experience working with large and complex budgets
- A leader with demonstrated successful experience in working with a state legislature and other elected officials
- An advocate for training opportunities who actively engages with business, civic, industry, and community leaders
- A highly visible leader who actively participates in college functions and activities, non-profit organizations, and civic activities and who is committed to being a part of the community
- An individual who embraces and leverages technology and supports continued investment in the technology infrastructure
- An individual with experience in working with an elected Board of Trustees to achieve the goals of the College
- An exceptional listener who communicates effectively and engages with all constituent groups, including students
- An individual with extensive experience in regional accreditation
- A leader who exhibits grace under pressure and when facing challenges
- A leader who has an open-door policy to faculty, staff and students
- Earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution is required
- Minimum of 3 years, preferably 5 years, of successful experience as a senior-level administrator
- Full-time community college experience in instructional services, student services, or financial services is highly desirable
Application Period Closed
- A letter of application (not to exceed 5 pages) that succinctly addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the Position Profile and demonstrates how the candidate’s experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve as the President of Midland College.
- A current resume including an email address and cellular telephone number.
- A list of eight references: example, two to three supervisors, two to three direct reports, and two to three faculty and/or staff members from current and former institutions.
Bill Holda, Ed.D.
ACCT Search Consultant
(903) 987-3332 (mobile)
*An ACCT Search*
Early February 2023
ACCT Search Consultant facilitates a series of virtual open Public Forums to solicit feedback to inform the development of the draft Presidential Profile.
- Board Presidential Search Committee training and orientation; Board Presidential Search Committee receives, reviews, and edits the draft Position Profile.
- Board of Trustees to discuss, edit, and finalize the Presidential Profile. Profile posted on midland.edu and acctsearches.org; ACCT to commence local, state-wide, regional, and national recruitment.
March 27, 2023
Target Date for applications. Position remains open until filled.
Early April 2023
Board Presidential Search Committee Meeting: discussion and selection of confidential semifinalist candidates.
Board Presidential Search Committee Meeting: confidential interviews with semifinalists. The Committee deliberates and selects finalists to forward to the Board for further consideration.
Early May 2023
Finalists interview with the full Board, tour campus, participate in open public forums, meet with direct reports.
Board of Trustees meets to select a sole finalist and announces the next President of Midland College. Board waits 21 days to vote formally.
July 1, 2023
Anticipated start date for the next President of Midland College.
Bill Holda, Ed.D.
ACCT Search Consultant