With the retirement of President Morris W. Beverage, Jr. in August 2024, the Lakeland Community College Board of Trustees are now accepting confidential nominations and expressions of interest for the college’s next president.
The college community is seeking a visionary leader, who is motivational and a good listener, who is passionate about leading a student-centered institution and who is committed to ensuring student success. The new president will lead the institution by setting a vision for the future of the college that enhances the college’s quality educational programs and services and creates opportunities for innovation and growth while respecting the college’s history.
Founded in 1967, Lakeland Community College occupies 400 acres in Lake County which borders Lake Erie and is approximately 30 minutes east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Lake County is ideally situated, providing residents with access to Lake Erie beaches, dozens of vineyards, wineries, and the nationally recognized Lake Metroparks.
The college currently offers 144 associate degree and technical certificate programs leading to high demand careers or transfer to four-year institutions. Additionally, Lakeland’s Holden University Center is an affordable and convenient option for community members wishing to continue their education with four-year partner colleges and universities. Lakeland Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education authorizes and approves the offering of the college’s academic credit programs. In fall 2023 the college enrolled 4,766 credit students (2,575 FTE).
A top priority for the next president will be to lead the development of strategies and initiatives to reverse the enrollment challenges and to increase the rate of retention of current students while simultaneously maintaining and ensuring the financial health and stability of the college.
Minimum professional qualifications include:
- A master’s degree is required with a strong preference for a terminal degree, both from a regionally accredited college or university. Significant senior level progressively responsible leadership and administrative experience in higher education, preferably at a community college, may be considered in lieu of a terminal degree.
- Fiscal acumen and demonstrated skill in overseeing a complex budget to address budget realities in a changing higher education and funding landscape.
- Demonstrated understanding of and a commitment to the mission of a comprehensive community college.
Completed applications are due by January 5, 2024. To ensure full consideration, you will be required to submit: 1) a letter that addresses the position’s expectations and qualifications; 2) a current resume or CV; and 3) the contact information for three professional references. The search page, which includes the Executive Search Profile and application and nomination links, is located at https://rhperry.com/lccpresident.
RH Perry & Associates, a national executive search firm, is assisting Lakeland Community College in this search. All confidential communications may be directed to our search team: Dr. Gena Glickman, Senior Consultant, at (847) 313-5520, Mr. Paul Doeg, President and Chief Operating Officer, at (828) 785-1394, or to LCCPresident@rhperry.com.