Michael Thomson, the man selected to become the seventh president of Northwest State Community College, is well qualified to lead the college into the future.
He holds a doctor of philosophy (Phd) in political science. He has years of experience in educational administration. He has led a similar sized campus in the Cuyahoga Community College system. He has created college-level master’s degree programs. He participated in a prestigious fellowship program, and he has taught in the classroom.
Perhaps more importantly, a brief interview showed Thomson understands the role and purpose of the community college. It’s more than just the first two years of a four-year degree– it’s offering opportunities to help people improve their skills, and obtain needed credentials and certifications to develop what he called “a family-sustaining wage.”
“Family – sustaining wage.” The phrase alone shows Thomson understands the needs of Americans.
Thomson takes over from Tom Stuckey, who retires June 30. Stuckey took over at NSCC in a time of turmoil, and in spite of a few hiccups along the way, has done outstanding work leading the college.
Now Thomson has the opportunity to build on Stuckey’s work.
With Thomson at the helm, we believe NSCC has a bright future.