Michael Thomson, a campus president at Cuyahoga Community College, was named the next president of Northwest State Community College Friday, Feb. 2.
Thomson will work with Thomas Stuckey, current NSCC president, for several weeks before taking over. Thomson will start April 1; Stuckey does not retire officially until June 30.
In a press release Thomson said, “It is an honor and privilege to become the leader of a great institution like Northwest State, and to build upon the excellent achievements of President Thomas Stuckey.”
In a special meeting Friday, the NSCC Board of Trustees passed a motion to accept Thomson, and prepare an 18-month contract, with a salary of $185,000.
In his current role with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Thomson is president of the college’s Eastern Campus, which serves 6,000 students with 550 full- and part-time staff. He started with Tri-C in 2005, as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Western Campus. He was selected for the American Council on Education fellowship, where he worked with the Ohio Board of Regents and the William Rainey Harper College in Chicago.
Prior to Tri-C, Thomson was a associate professor at Northern Kentucky University, teaching political science. He was involved in many other activities at NKU, including the university’s first capital campaign, raising $1 million amongst faculty and staff. He also created NKU’s master of public administration program.
Thomson holds a doctorate in political science from University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.–posted 2.2.18 3:05 pm; corrected 2.5, 1:20 pm