2007-07-26 / Education

New MMCC leader 'excited about the opportunities'

Carol Churchill Carol Churchill A few weeks into her new position as president of Mid Michigan Community College, Carol Churchill has already reached some conclusions.

"The people here are truly committed to the students they serve," Churchill said. "We certainly have funding challenges, but we also have innovative faculty and staff, support in the community, and a strong foundation from which to continue growing."

The MMCC Board of Trustees began searching for a new president shortly after Ron Verch announced he would be retiring after 38 years with the college. Churchill started on June 25 and is planning to spend the first few months on the job meeting and listening to area residents, staff, faculty and students.

"I'm so excited about the opportunities here at Mid," Churchill noted. "The staff and the community have made me feel very welcome. They exude pride in the college as well as the energy to make things happen. Together, we'll continue providing the high quality education that changes and enriches people's lives."

Churchill brings a variety of experiences to MMCC. She spent 15 years at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, culminating her work there as vice-president for student services. Churchill then moved from Southwestern, which is similar in size to MMCC, to Macomb, the second largest community college in the state. She worked in various positions there for four years, most recently as viceprovost for economic and workforce development.

"Being in the epicenter of the automotive industry at Macomb taught me a lot about the economic foundation of Michigan industry, but Mid feels more like home to me," said Churchill. "My husband and I operated a farm for a number of years and we feel very comfortable in the heart of Michigan. We're looking forward to getting involved in the community and meeting people."

Churchill and her husband, Jim, have three children and six grandchildren. She received an associate in arts degree from Southwestern Michigan College. From Western Michigan University, she received a bachelor of arts degree in English and social science, as well as a master of arts in educational leadership, with an emphasis in human resource development.

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