Dr. Michael Thomson became the seventh president of Northwest State Community College in April of 2018. Michael is a first-generation college student who is passionate about helping people reach their hopes and dreams of a better life through education.
Prior to coming to NSCC, Dr. Thomson served at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, from 2005-2018. His time there included service on three different campuses and the district office, including presidencies at both the Westshore and Eastern Campuses.
His time at Tri-C was marked by notable accomplishments, including leading seven teams of 155 faculty, staff, students and community members to plan and build Tri-C’s Westshore Campus, a preeminent STEM transfer campus. Dr. Thomson was also the project champion of a $10 million endowment leading to the funding, creation and staffing of the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center. He was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, the country’s premier college leadership experience, as well. As an ACE Fellow Dr. Thomson served at the Ohio Board of Regents and Harper College in Chicago.
Before his time in Cleveland, Dr. Thomson served as a faculty and chair at Northern Kentucky University. During his time at NKU, he served as faculty senate president and faculty regent.
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.