Congratulations to Lisa Becher, business faculty; Deb Hartzell, nursing faculty; and David Mack, criminal justice faculty, on making the 2018 Excellence in Education Honorees list by Ohio Magazine.
Region 4 of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs recently held its fall conference, Art of Developing the Entrepreneurial Leader, at Joliet Junior College in Chicago. Lisa Becher, NSCC faculty, attended and gave a presentation titled “Creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset.”
Northwest State Community College is pleased to welcome Kathy Keister as the dean of the Nursing Division. Keister will be in charge of a nationally-renowned nursing program that has experienced tremendous achievement in National Council Licensure Examination passage rates and job placement in healthcare facilities throughout northwest Ohio. Her first official day on campus was Tuesday, September 4, and it is expected that the NSCC Board of Trustees will officially confirm her appointment at the next regularly-scheduled meeting on October 26.
Keister graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s of science in biology and in 1982 with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. She continued her education, earning a master’s of science in nursing in 1988 from University of Illinois at Chicago and a doctorate in nursing in 2004 from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to her position at NSCC, Keister was an associate professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has also held education positions at Miami University, Owens Community College, Medical College of Ohio and others.
Perhaps the most fascinating and heart-warming aspect of this story is that thirty years ago, Keister was one of two original faculty hired to implement the nursing program at Northwest Technical College, which would eventually become Northwest State. Noting that family in northwest Ohio encouraged her to apply for this position, Keister appreciated the thought of her career coming full-circle. “My long-term plan was to return to this part of the state once I retired, but that timeline sped up thanks to this opportunity,” Keister said.
Keister loves the daily challenges and opportunities in nursing education. “I love seeing the students develop from the first day they walk through the door to the last day they walk out with that diploma,” she said. Keister also noted that she has enjoyed the loving and accepting campus culture at Northwest State, from staff and students alike.
Annorlunda Enterprises has announced its book releases for 2019. Among them is Nontraditional: Life Lessons from a Community College, written by Nan Kuhlman, NSCC faculty. The novella includes a collection of essays about students, along with Nan’s journey of becoming a college writing instructor. Congratulations, Nan!
Congratulations to Dustin Harris, NSCC employee, on being one of only three library employees in the state of Ohio to receive a full scholarship to the 2018 Ohio Library Support Staff Institute. The event will take place at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, this summer.
Congratulations to Patti Altman, Sharon Brubaker, Lynda Cramer, David Donaldson, Pat Hofbauer, Bette Hughes, Guille Iroha and Dr. Tom Stuckey on their retirement from NSCC. Thank you for your service to the College and your commitment to helping students succeed. We wish you all the best in your post-retirement pursuits!
On February 2, the Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees named Dr. Michael Thomson the next president of NSCC, succeeding the successful tenure of President Thomas Stuckey. Dr. Thomson, a first generation college student, is a passionate leader dedicated to the community college movement who believes strongly that every student can succeed. Thomson also believes that community colleges are the primary instrument for economic mobility by providing educational opportunities meeting students where they are and resulting in family-sustaining wages.
Dr. Thomson stated that, “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 addition, Thomson thanked his many mentors including President Alex Johnson, President Emeritus Jerry-Sue Thornton and President Kenneth Ender. Thomson said that, “These great presidents invested in me and helped me become the leader that I am today. I will pay forward that investment to the team at Northwest State Community College to be the best leaders they can be.”
Dr. Thomson most recently served as the president of Cuyahoga Community College’s (Tri-C) Eastern Campus, leading 550 full and part-time team members who serve more than 275,000 citizens and 6,000 students annually. His team’s signature accomplishment, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center, provides high-performing students a civically-engaged leadership experience. Additionally, Dr. Thomson assisted faculty in creating learning communities that redesign the teaching experience, and leading the Hospitality Management Center in completing its strategic plan, most notably the food and music festival Cleveland Eats.
Dr. Thomson began his Tri-C career in 2005 as dean of academic affairs at Tri-C’s Western Campus, where his team increased enrollments in the county’s western suburbs. In 2009, Thomson was selected for the prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) fellowship. During his fellowship, Dr. Thomson worked at the Ohio Board of Regents and William Rainey Harper College in Chicago. After returning to Tri-C, Dr. Thomson led multiple teams of faculty, staff, students and community members to plan, build and accredit Tri-C’s Westshore Campus, where he served as inaugural campus president from 2011 to 2013. During his 13-year tenure at Tri-C, Dr. Thomson was honored with three Tri-C President’s Awards, Cleveland YMCA’s Triangle Award, and the national Phi Theta Kappa’s Shirley B. Gordon Award.
Prior to arriving at Tri-C, Dr. Thomson served Northern Kentucky University (NKU) as a tenured associate professor teaching political science classes and serving the University and community. His peers elected him to serve as the faculty senate president and then the faculty’s regent serving on the NKU Board. His administrative positions at NKU included department chair and director of academic technology services. His signature accomplishments included co-leading the University’s first capital campaign, successfully raising over $1 million amongst faculty and staff. He also created and directed the University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, the only accredited MPA program serving government and not-for-profit entities in the greater Cincinnati area.
Dr. Thomson holds master and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Kentucky, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. The son of a brewer and a bookkeeper, Dr. Thomson has one child and four grandchildren.