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Search for Macomb Community College's next president begins

– Tuesday, September 6, 2016 12:00AM

A national search for the next president of Macomb Community College has begun.  James Jacobs, PhD, who has served as the college’s president since July 2008, intends to retire by the conclusion of his current contract, June 30, 2017.  

The executive search profile, which outlines qualifications and attributes, and information about the application process are available at  The deadline for applications is September 30, 2016.  

“This is an important process and decision for Macomb Community College as well as for Macomb County,” said James F. Kelly, chair of the college’s board of trustees and of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.  “Our community relies on Macomb to harness the transformative power of education.  The college must remain responsive to changing needs while providing affordable, high-quality education and training that connects graduates to advanced degree options and workplace opportunity.  We’re looking for the right leader to leverage the college’s strengths while strategically building for the future.”  

The 18-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee consists of three members of the college’s board of trustees, five members from key sectors of the community, two Macomb Community College students and eight college staff members representing each of its employee groups. The role of the committee is to review and evaluate applications based on the criteria outlined in the executive search profile, recommending finalists for consideration by Macomb’s full board of trustees.

“The approach to the presidential search process was designed to generate a strong candidate pool and engage key stakeholders, while reserving the responsibility for selecting the college’s next president for Macomb’s board of trustees,” said Kelly. 

The board has engaged the services of R.H. Perry & Associates, a firm that specializes in assisting institutions of higher education in identifying and selecting leadership. They will be working to recruit a robust and diverse pool of qualified applicants, assisting the advisory committee with the initial evaluation process and conducting in-depth due diligence of candidates under consideration.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 44,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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