Janie McNabb chosen to fill NMC Trustee vacancy

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College's Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Janie McNabb, an alumna and strategic policy consultant, to fill a vacant trustee slot on Monday. She will serve through the November 2018 election.

“I am interested in serving as a trustee in order to support the college’s role in responding to the needs of the economy, promoting lifelong learning, and providing cultural experiences to the community,” McNabb said in her application materials. “I believe that my experiences in workforce development, strategic planning, and organizational leadership will be of value to the board of trustees and to the administration. As both a former student of the college and a lifelong advocate for academic and professional training, I would consider it an honor to participate in this level of leadership for the organization.”

She has previously partnered with the college to provide job training in high-demand industries, develop programs based on employer demand and align skilled trades grants with regional planning through her work as Chief Operating Officer at Networks Northwest. She views NMC as a “critical partner to achieving our common goal of developing a quality workforce.”

McNabb attended NMC for two years before transferring to Grand Valley State University. She returned to NMC’s University Center to earn her master’s degree through Spring Arbor University.

Trustees thanked all the applicants and noted the high caliber of the applicant pool. Nine individuals applied to fill the vacancy created by Marilyn Gordon Dresser’s resignation June 1, 2017. Per Michigan law, McNabb will serve until the next election, November 2018, when voters will determine who will fill the remainder of Marilyn Gordon Dresser’s term, which expires December 31, 2020. McNabb will be eligible to run for election for that two-year term or any other open trustee term on the ballot in November 2018.

Release Date: June 27, 2017

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