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Four finalists for president are named

Four finalists for president are named
  • On April 28, 2020

By Robin Morales
Associate Editor

LCC released the names of four final candidates in the presidential search April 27 after an unnamed fifth candidate dropped out, according to LCC Board Chair Lawrence Hidalgo Jr.

The four finalists are: Elaine Collins, president of Northern Vermont University; Dale K. Nesbary, president of Muskegon Community College; Steve Robinson, president of Owens Community College; and Lisa Webb Sharpe, executive vice president at LCC.

According to Hidalgo, the Board of Trustees will interview each candidate in a public virtual setting. The dates for these open forums have not been determined.

Hidalgo said the board intends to select the next president by June 30.

“(We have) four good candidates,” Hidalgo said. “I’m excited.”

Following are candidate biographies, as posted online by LCC:

Elaine Collins holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership. She has worked to increase the viability and accreditation of NVU since the school formed in 2018. She previously served as president of the Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Dale K. Nesbary has overseen substantial facility improvement as president of MCC while graduation rates have improved during his tenure. He has published three books and has spoken at a variety of conferences across the country on the nature of online education.

Steve Robinson has spent more than 23 years working in a variety of positions in Michigan community colleges and is a doctoral graduate from Michigan State University. He previously served as an English professor at the University of Michigan – Flint.

Lisa Webb Sharpe previously worked in public service as a cabinet member for former Detroit mayor Dennis Archer and in the office of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. In 2005, she became the director of the State of Michigan Department of Management and Budget. She has worked at LCC since 2010.

LCC Trustee and Screening Committee Chair Robert Proctor commented on the four finalists.

“We are pleased with the high-quality candidates, all of whom are equipped to lead LCC into the future,” Proctor said.

For more information on the presidential search, and to read the complete bios of each candidate, visit,