MHCC Board Begins Search for New President

Posted: August 24, 2012

The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education has contracted for the services of a firm to assist in finding a new college president when Mike Hay retires next June.

After reviewing proposals from a number of firms and listening to presentations by the top two contenders, the board selected Community College Search Services (CCSS). The firm specializes in assisting community colleges in all aspects of locating and hiring executives. Over the past 15 years, CCSS has conducted more than 90 successful comprehensive searches. The company’s lead consultant for Oregon and Washington is Michael Viera, past president of the Association of California Community College Administrators.

“We are pleased to announce that CCSS will assist us in our search for a president whose experience and leadership will guide the college through challenging times, such as changes to the state funding system,” says Dave Shields, MHCC district board chair.

Shields also noted that the college has a lot to celebrate. “We are moving toward a significant milestone in 2016 – 50 years of serving students and the community. The board is interested in finding a president that will embrace the long term challenges related to sustaining the college through the next 50 years.” In addition, MHCC will launch a new, cutting-edge program in Cybersecurity this fall and is leading the way in “cradle-to-career” education with its collaboration with Head Start on a new Early Childhood Center that opened a year ago. The Center prepares youngsters for entry into kindergarten while their parents attend classes and train for careers – all on the Gresham Campus.

Next Steps  

Over the next few weeks the college will form a Search Advisory Committee comprised of:

  • Two full-time faculty members
  • One part-time faculty member
  • One classified employee
  • One confidential employee
  • Two managers (one dean and one vice president)
  • One student
  • One Foundation representative
  • One audit/business advisory representative
  • One community representative
  • One K-12 superintendent

The college will hold four one-hour forums to collect information on challenges and opportunities facing MHCC, and personal and professional characteristics desired in the next president. These forums will be held in the Visual Arts Theatre on the Gresham Campus, 26000 SE Stark St. Students, employees and community members are welcome to attend any of the forums:

  • Oct. 3, noon – 1 p.m., 1-2 p.m., and 5-6 p.m.
  • Oct. 4, noon – 1 p.m.

More information will be available soon regarding forums at the Maywood Park Campus and The Bruning Center for Allied Health Education at MHCC.

Current President  

Hay joined the senior administrative team at MHCC in 2008 as vice president of Information Technology (IT) and chief information officer. The board appointed him interim president in 2011, when John J. “Ski” Sygielski announced his resignation to accept a position as president of Harrisburg Area Community College (HAAC) in Pennsylvania. Effective October 2011, the board extended Hay’s employment contract through June 2013, and formalized his presidency by removing the “interim” from his title.

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