The Board of Trustees currently invites applications for the position of President of Gogebic Community College (GCC).
School Mission and Philosophy:
Gogebic Community College is a learning community that contributes to academic, cultural, economic, and social success for our students and region.GCC Mission and Core Values
About Us and the Position
For over 90 years, GCC has offered a unique experience, surrounded by Lake Superior and multiple ski hills, which includes our very own Mt. Zion Recreational Complex, and features a panoramic view of Gogebic Community College and the surrounding area. Mt. Zion is an on-campus college-owned facility affording community recreation; it also provides practical experience for Gogebic’s Ski Area Management program functioning as an on-campus laboratory. Mt. Zion serves downhill, cross-country, snowboarding, and snowtubing enthusiasts.
GCC supports continued economic growth throughout the Upper Peninsula in partnering with local business and industry to develop highly skilled employees. Our committed and experienced educators’ use of cutting-edge technology and training ensures a bright future laden with opportunities. GCC offers a wide range of degree and certificate programs.
The college also operates the Copper Country Center in Houghton, Michigan. This center
also offers dual enrollment, early college, and transferable credits, degrees, and
The Copper Country Center accounts for approximately 40% of our college enrollment.
GCC successfully offers a variety of online courses and programs and was named a Top Online Community College Provider in the State of Michigan by TheBestColleges.org. GCC has earned Aspen Top 10 recognition multiple times and prides itself on having developed a culture that provides a unique personal student experience for each of its students, with a current 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. GCC continually aspires to be a student-centered institution.
GCC plays a significant role in the region’s education environment and is a leader in student success for the upper Great Lakes area. GCC is nestled on the western end of Michigan’s majestic Upper Peninsula along the Michigan-Northern Wisconsin border, offering year-round adventure and attractions. Ironwood’s proximity to Lake Superior, inland lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forests, ski hills and trails combine to offer one of the finest outdoor regional destinations in the Midwest. The region attracts numerous visitors, both for the beauty during the seasons with many opportunities for fishing and hunting, and to the snow belt for winter sports, particularly skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.
GCC is poised for growth and seeks a leader who can implement a strategic vision and serve as the catalyst to take the college into a successful future. The faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees are ready to support a leader who will inspire and empower others, create a positive and uplifting environment, and who will engage with the regional community. Furthermore, the President will lead a team of hard working, energetic, and dedicated employees.
The President will be an individual who understands the challenges and opportunities specific to GCC. Due to the rural nature of the college and the ways in which the community is tightly connected, the President must develop an understanding of the region and establish connections, while also building upon the academic mission of GCC and its long-term sustainability.
- Increase enrollment base and improve retention.
- Strengthen the bonds among all faculty, staff, students, and community members.
- Provide training that leads to regional employment opportunities.
- Attract and retain employees and students.
- Reach out to underserved and non-traditional audiences.
- Develop innovative program offerings to attract students from outside the immediate area, including technical certifications and new technology.
- Continue to build relationships with schools and employers to foster growth and serve student needs.
- Leverage available on-campus housing.
- Partner with local economic and workforce development organizations and businesses to foster economic growth, identify obstacles to educational access and remove those obstacles.
- Bring energy, innovation, creativity, and a commitment to the mission of the community college.
- Implement a strategic vision and offer strategies to develop sustainable growth for student enrollment and successful retention outcomes.
- Involve faculty, staff, and students in creating success for the institution.
- Promote student success and learning.
- Address unique needs of underserved populations and implement initiatives to increase future student participation.
- Strengthen cross-campus and off-campus communication and collaboration.
- Commit to equality of opportunity, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The following qualities and characteristics are sought in a new president who can:
- Execute strategic vision and organizational development.
- Act as an accessible, engaging, and bold leader.
- Champion community service and involvement.
- Lead by example and is present in the college community and local community.
- Show experience in labor relations and collective bargaining.
- Execute fiduciary management, budget preparation, and accepted fiscal practices.
- Work with regional accrediting agencies and lead the effort toward institutional compliance.
- Foster partnerships with local businesses and industries to develop relevant programs that address changing workforce and community needs.
- Secure alternative funding sources for the institution.
- Fundraise for the GCC Foundation.
- Passionately advocate for the school, working with local, state, and federal government representatives and their respective offices.
- Work effectively as a team member with the Board of Trustees.
- Earned master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Senior level administrative leadership of 3-5 years.
- An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution.
- Teaching, academic, administrative, and/or student services experience, preferably at the community college level.
Presidential Candidate Finalists
Gary Roberts, of Princeton, IL holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. He received his associate degree from Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI. Gary currently is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, IL. His past work experience includes the Dean of Arts & Sciences at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI as well as an Instructor of Political Science. He has had a career within community colleges for over thirty years.
Gogebic Community College is an equal opportunity institution and adheres to a policy that no qualified person shall be discriminated against because of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status, or genetics in any program or activity for which it is responsible. If you have a disability and need special accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services at email@example.com.
If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact: Director of Human Resources or the Vice President of Student Services and Athletics (students), Gogebic Community College, E4946 Jackson Rd, Ironwood, Michigan 49938, 906-932-4231, firstname.lastname@example.org; U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number (312) 730-1560, fax (312) 730- 1576, email@example.com. Gogebic Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org, 800.621.7440. Read the full policy here.
Debbie Janczak, Director of Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org, 906-307-1324
Wendy Hagstrom, Executive Assistant to the President, email@example.com, 906-307-1201