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The Lookout | April 13, 2021

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President screening committee named

President screening committee named
  • On January 31, 2020

By Robin Morales
Associate Editor

During the LCC Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 27, board chairman Lawrence Hidalgo Jr. announced the 15 members he appointed to serve on the 2020 presidential screening committee.

The individuals selected from the college include LCC Board members Robert Proctor (who is also the committee chair), Ryan Buck and Angela Mathews, as well as Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Tonya Bailey and President of the Academic Senate Michelle Curtin.

“I looked for individuals that had had connections with Lansing Community College, internally and externally,” Hidalgo said. “I looked for diversity … (in race and professional background).”

Members outside the college include Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce; Kelly King, Mid-Michigan executive director for the American Red Cross; and Guillermo Lopez, a member of the Lansing School District’s Board of Trustees.

“I would like to see a president that embraces local school districts and certainly LCC and Lansing School District go hand in hand,” Lopez said.

“I would look for that president to embrace the district and work with our folks … to make it so that LCC would be a logical stepping stone for our students when they graduate from high school.”

Dakeyia Scott, chair of LCC’s Student Leadership Coalition, is the only student on the committee.

“We (the student body) definitely want a president who is actually hands-on with students,” Scott said. “Somebody who is not taking a position just for their resume or to focus on their image … but a president who is 100 percent student focused that is completely in support of the student body growing and surviving.”

The other members of the creening committee are:

· Jane Aldrich, 2016 LCC Distinguished Alumna, past anchor at WLNS-TV;
· Edythe Copeland, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works!;
· Jason Mellema, superintendent of Ingham Intermediate School District;
· Eva Menefee, lead faculty advisor in the Center for Academic and Career Pathways at LCC;
· Dawn Cousino, president of the Administrative Association at LCC;
· Sam Sinicropi, interim superintendent for the Lansing School District.

The screening committee will work with Greenwood Asher Inc., a hired third-party firm, to develop a presidential profile as a nationwide search for potential candidates officially begins. The final decision for selecting the next president, who will be the seventh in the college’s history, resides with LCC’s Board of Trustees.

According to Hidalgo, by the beginning of April the screening committee will send the names of three to five final candidates for the board’s consideration. The names will be made public during this time and the community will be given opportunities to ask these candidates questions about college issues in a forum setting.

It is hoped a new president is in place this summer. Current President Dr. Brent Knight is scheduled to retire June 30, 2020.