MHCC Board Names Michael Hay Interim President

Posted: March 29, 2011


Dr. Michael HayThe Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Board of Education has selected Dr. Michael Hay to serve as interim president when current president Dr. John J. “Ski” Sygielski, departs on June 30, 2011 to become president at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) in Pennsylvania.

“We are pleased the College will benefit from Mike Hay’s significant leadership experiences,” stated Brian J. Freeman, Board of Education chair. “For nearly three years, Dr. Hay has worked closely with Dr. Ski to enhance the operations of the College and knows this institution very, very well. Therefore, the entire board is confident that under Dr. Hay’s proven and varied public- and private-sector experiences, he will keep the College moving in its current direction by focusing on its core themes of teaching and learning, community engagement and resource development until a permanent successor is identified and named in the late fall or early spring. The board is pleased with this selection and looks forward to supporting Dr. Hay as the institution addresses a myriad of issues.”

Dr. Hay will begin his role as interim president July 1, 2011.

Dr. Hay joined the senior administrative team at MHCC in late 2008 and currently serves as vice president of information technology and chief information officer. He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in communications from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication from the University of Kansas. A community college graduate, Dr. Hay earned his Associate of Arts degree in business administration from Santa Barbara City College.

Prior to joining MHCC, Dr. Hay, a Navy veteran, served in senior leadership roles in private industry, not-for-profits, start-ups and the military, including Kaiser Permanente, Gap Inc., SBC Datacomm and Pacific Bell.

Sygielski has served as president of MHCC since July 2008, and will continue in that role until June 30, 2011. He begins his presidency at HACC July 5, 2011.

During his three years as president of MHCC, Sygielski’s leadership has been the driving force behind significant advancements for the College.His contributions include creation and articulation of a College-wide strategic plan and comprehensive facilities master plan. Private support to the MHCC Foundation has grown 33 percent during his tenure and his fiscal management and personnel decisions have laid the groundwork to keep MHCC, now in its 45th year, moving forward as a leading community college in the state and region.

“The Board is grateful to Dr. Ski for his steadfast commitment to serving students,” said Board Chair Freeman. “When we hired Dr. Ski in 2008 we gave him the direction to improve the College’s performance in three key areas: community engagement, MHCC enrollment from our district’s high schools and private support of the MHCC Foundation. He has clearly achieved all these objectives and many more.”

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