NMC trustees appoint Rachel Johnson to board

TRAVERSE CITY — At a special board meeting Monday, Nov. 14, Northwestern Michigan College trustees unanimously appointed former college instructor Rachel Johnson to fill a trustee position vacated last week when Steven Rawlings resigned.

Johnson received the next highest number of votes in the recent election behind Michael Estes and Chris Bott, who were elected.

Rawlings announced his resignation Nov. 10, citing increased responsibilities and travel for his job.

Board Chair Kennard Weaver said, “The six people who ran for trustee in the election last week nominated themselves for the positions, showing a strong interest in serving. In the election campaign, we gathered a great deal of information about them and the voters of Grand Traverse County also know them. This is a good panel from which to appoint the trustee to fill the current vacancy, and we also have the votes ranking them.”

In a recent letter to trustees, Johnson reiterated her desire to serve, saying, “I believe deeply in the college and the role it plays in enriching our community, supporting our local economy, and preparing students for future success. I would very much like the opportunity to support that endeavor as a trustee.”

Johnson was an adjunct instructor in the NMC’s communications department in 2012 after serving as an instructor and administrator at Penn State University and Pepperdine University. She is currently the Member Relations Manager at Cherryland Electric Cooperative.

Johnson will serve as trustee through December 31, 2018.

She will be eligible to run for election for the remainder of Rawlings’ term in the November 2018 election.

Release date: November 15, 2016

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
(231) 995-1019


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