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Presidential Transition

Nick Nissley photoOn September 3, the NMC Board of Trustees selected Nick Nissley as the first choice of five finalists to become the next president of NMC.

The Board will now extend an offer and begin discussions on a contract with Dr. Nissley. The contract will be submitted to and voted on by the Board. A formal announcement on the new president is expected within the month, with an expected start date of January 1, 2020.

Dr. Nissley was one of five candidates that the NMC Presidential Search Committee recommended for the position, following video interviews with eight semi-finalists. The five visited NMC between August 23 and August 29 to interview to become the college’s new president, in a series of meetings that included campus and community forums open to the public. Read Dr. Nissley's cover letter and resume here »

This is the culmination of work since Nov. 1, 2018, when current president Timothy J. Nelson announced his intention to retire on Dec. 31, 2019.

The Board of Trustees began discussing plans for a presidential transition at a special public study session Nov. 6, 2018, including calling a meeting of the Presidential Performance and Compensation Committee to review the current presidential contract, creating a Presidential Search Committee, preparing an initial board survey to determine what trustees want in a new president and agreeing to seek proposals from professional search consultants.

Presidential Search Committee

Emily Perkins, SGA President

Lisa Balbach, CIT Instructor
Brandon Everest, Social Sciences Instructor
Sarah Wangler, English Instructor

Stephen Siciliano

Judy Arnold, Financial Aid
Lori Hodek, Human Resources
Chad Schenkelberger, Hagerty Center

Portfolio B:
Hans Van Sumeren

Barb Benson
Bruce Byl
Warren Call
Nick Ceglarek
Bill Myers
Ed Ness
Trevor Tkach
Elaine Wood

Chris Bott
Ross Childs
Rachel Johnson

"The Search Committee and the Board will make all its decisions and hold meetings in compliance with the Open Meetings Act, and after legal consultation about proper interviewing and decision making," Board Chair Kennard Weaver said at the Nov. 6 study session. "We intend to be completely open and transparent, because we are engaged in the public's business.... At the same time, we want it to be clear to everyone that President Nelson will continue to have the full support of the Board. He has and will continue to have all of the authority and responsibility he has had throughout his NMC career, until his last day of service. He has created a stable financial and structural atmosphere at the college, which will help us in securing good candidates. The Trustees intend to carry forward the successes President Nelson has enabled here, and a new President will not need or be asked to change our general direction and strategies."

View the video of the Nov. 1 Town Hall meeting where NMC President Tim Nelson announced his decision to retire below.

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Transition Timeline

Newer items at the top

  • September 3, 2019: Board of Trustees identify their first choice to extend an offer to at a special meeting. A formal announcement is expected later in September.
  • August 30, 2019: Presidential Performance & Compensation Committee meets to discuss the offer process for the position once a candidate is selected.
  • August 23-29, 2019: The five finalists take part in a series of on-campus interviews and campus and community forums.
  • August 5-6, 2019: Search Committee interviews semi-finalist candidates via Zoom and recommends 3-5 finalists for further consideration by Board of Trustees through Board interviews and campus forums.
  • July 29, 2019: Search Committee meets with Pauly Group to narrow pool to 8-12.
  • July 25, 2019: Search Committee reviews pool and rates each candidate.
  • July 18, 2019: Search Committee receives access to pre-screened applicant pool.
  • July 8-9, 2019: Pauly Group conducts initial screenings to select about 20 potential candidates for further Search Committee screening.
  • July 7, 2019: Date for priority applications to be received by Pauly Group.
  • May 20, 2019: Board of Trustees unanimously approves Presidential Search Position Profile.
  • Feb. 25, 2019 - Board of Trustees Chair Chris Bott appoints himself, trustees Rachel Johnson and Ross Childs to Board Presidential Search Committee. The three also serve as trustee members of a larger presidential search committee that includes NMC faculty, staff and students and community members.
  • Jan. 14, 2019 - Board of Trustees votes unanimously to select Pauly Group Inc. as presidential search consultant.
  • Jan. 9, 2019 - Board of Trustees interviews top search consultant candidates.
  • Dec. 17, 2018 - Board of Trustees reviews and ranks 8 search consultant proposal submissions, invites 4 top-ranked candidates to interview — Pauly Group Inc., of Illinois; Gold Hill Associates, of Mississippi; AGB Search, LLC, of Washington, D.C.; and Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, of Georgia.
  • Nov. 26-27, 2018 - NMC puts out a request for proposals (RFP) for professional search consultants, sends RFP to 14 firms. Proposals due Wednesday, Dec. 12.
  • Nov. 6, 2018 - Board of Trustees begins discussing a transition plan, agrees to seek proposals from professional search consultants.
  • Nov. 1, 2018 - President Tim Nelson announces his plans to retire at the end of 2019.
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