NEW DATE: Nelson retirement open house is Nov. 19

TRAVERSE CITY — A retirement open house in honor of NMC President Timothy J. Nelson’s 18-plus years of service to students, faculty and staff and community will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center, on the main campus of NMC.

Nelson is the longest-serving president of the college and will retire Dec. 31, 2019.

“I have committed myself to our ultimate purpose, which is to provide our learners and communities with the skills, experiences and values that will help them to create social and economic wealth during their lifetimes,” said Nelson. “I am humbled to think that as I look to the future, the people, programs and systems that we have developed together, position this institution for continued success in meeting that purpose well into the future.”

Under Nelson’s leadership, NMC has transitioned from the traditional time-based, place-based and knowledge transfer system to become a community college that is focused on competency-based, content-based knowledge application in pursuit of social, economic and talent development. This includes the implementation of a strategic plan and focusing on five strategic directions: ensuring learners are prepared for success in a global society and economy; establishing national and international competencies; delivering learning through a networked workforce; establishing lifelong relationships with learners; and transcribing learning to establish credentials of value.

Before becoming president in 2001, Nelson served as NMC’s Executive Director of Administrative Services. He was the college’s Residence Hall and Apartment Supervisor from 1975 to 1977.

More information about Nelson’s NMC tenure as well as information about the transition to the president designate is available at

Release Date: October 29, 2019

For more information:

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

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