NMC names leaders for Dennos, nursing, Police Academy, library

TRAVERSE CITY — Four new directors have taken the helm at key divisions of Northwestern Michigan College continuing the college’s regional leadership in arts and culture, workforce development, and information/media technology.

All will facilitate the college’s shift to experiential learning and continue to forge connections between campus and community. They are:

Craig Hadley, Dennos Museum Center: Hadley comes to NMC from DePauw University in Indiana where he was director/curator with rank of assistant professor. He oversaw the recently accredited University Galleries & Collections, which serves as a hub for undergraduate teaching and research. Hadley also regularly taught independent studies and capstone courses, introductory museum workshops, and reading topics in the program’s museum studies minor. The NMC search committee highlighted Hadley’s understanding of the higher education landscape, passion for the mission of museums and desire for interconnected learning and building bridges as some of his strengths. Hadley succeeds Gene Jenneman, who retired. Read more and download a high-resolution photo of Hadley »

Amy Jones, Nursing and Allied Health: With a lifelong commitment to education and nursing, Jones served at Mercy Hospital-Springfield (Missouri) in a variety of roles, from bedside nurse to risk management, over 18 years. Mercy held one of the few remaining hospital-based nursing programs in the United States, and Jones led the associate degree nursing program there for several years. An RN since 2000, Jones says her passion is patient-centered care. Her plans at NMC include maintaining the amazing work that has been laid as a foundation and continuing to seek opportunities for the nursing program to grow and serve the needs of the community. She succeeds Laura Schmidt, who retired. Read more and download a high-resolution photo of Jones »

Gail Kurowski, Police Academy: Kurowski now leads the department she graduated from in 1983. She spent 20 years with the Michigan State Police, serving as a field training officer, as a legislative liaison in the executive division and in the recruiting and selection unit. The first woman to lead NMC’s Academy, Kurowski aspires to make it a destination program for anyone interested in the law enforcement profession. She succeeds Brian Heffner, who is now director of NMC’s Business Academic Area. Read more about Kurowski (photo not available) »

Kerrey Woughter, NMC Library: Woughter comes from Traverse City Central High School, where she was the teacher-librarian since 2004. During her tenure with TCAPS, Woughter was instrumental in developing the Front Street Writers Program, in partnership with the National Writers Series. An educator of more than 20 years, Woughter has high school library and classroom experience, served as adjunct-Communications faculty for Spring Arbor University and provided supplemental reference library services at NMC from 2009-13. One of Woughter’s first tasks will be planning the library’s move from the Osterlin Building to the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center, set for early 2020. Woughter succeeds Tina Ulrich, who retired. Read more and download a high-resolution photo of Woughter »

Release date: September 17, 2019

For more information:

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


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