Gogebic Community College selects finalist for president

Dr. Stacy Young, of Goshen, IN is a finalist for the Presidential position at Gogebic Community College. The college has already commenced contract negotiations with her. “We are pleased to announce Dr. Stacy Young as a finalist for the next President of Gogebic Community College. Dr. Young is a forward thinking and entrepreneurial leader. She is approachable and collaborative and has demonstrated success in enrollment growth and fundraising as well as serving as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. She is an enthusiastic leader and we look forward to her arrival on campus," said John Lupino, Board Chair.

Dr. Young, Ph.D. is a Dean at the School of Business and School of Advanced Technology at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, MI. She previously served as Dean at the Niles Campus at Southwestern Michigan College also in Dowagiac, MI. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI; a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN; and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Manchester University in North Manchester, IN. Most of Dr. Young’s research throughout her Ph.D. program focused on community colleges.

Dr. Young has worked in both corporate America as an auditor and also with small businesses as an accountant. This diverse background enabled her to teach a variety of Business and Accounting courses throughout her career. Serving students in education for more than 20 years, she has worked in a variety of roles including adjunct faculty, full-time faculty, chairperson, and Dean. For the past fourteen years, she has worked at Southwestern Michigan College. Located in Dowagiac, Michigan, Southwestern Michigan College is a comprehensive community college serving 269,489 residents of Cass, Berrien, and Saint Joseph counties with 2,300 full time students and an additional 500 early college students. Dr. Young has also been responsible for Southwestern Michigan College’s only satellite campus. A Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, Dr. Young has done significant work on assessment at Southwestern Michigan College and serves as Vice President of the Michigan Occupational Deans Council. In addition to her formal roles, she enjoys speaking publically, working within the community, and serving others. Dr. Young is dedicated to making sure she stays connected to her faculty and students by continuing to teach almost every year. Her hobbies include running and spending time with her family.

Dr. Young was selected from a field of over 40 applications that was narrowed to 10 initially by a broad-based Presidential Search Committee, comprised of board members, faculty, staff, foundation, a student and the public. Of the 10 interviewed, four were selected as finalists. The finalists were brought to GCC last week for a series of open forums for the general public, faculty, staff, administration and students concluding with an interview with the full Board of Trustees. All attendees were asked to provide input using a feedback form.

GCC was assisted with the presidential search process by The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). ACCT’s assistance included recruiting highly competitive candidates, working with the Search Committee, and supporting the Board of Trustees.