Michael Hansen, President of the Michigan Community College Associationfor 15 years, retired at the end of the year, officials said on Friday.
The organization thatLobby groups at Michigan’s 28 public community colleges have started a search for a new leader.
“Over the past 15 years, Michael has been an outstanding leader for community colleges statewide,” said Dr. Dale Nesbary, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MCCA and President of Muskegon Community College. “The impact he had during his tenure with MCCA will be felt for years to come and we wish him well in his retirement.”
The MCCA will accept nominations for its next president until July 30.
The organization said it was looking for a candidate who would focus on strategy, finance, board management, advocacy, operations and program delivery to support the organization.
Prior to joining the association, Hansen worked for the Michigan Senate Tax Agency for 18 years, where he was chief analyst for capital spending and community colleges. A former student of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, Hansen has also taught at DeWitt public schools and other school districts in the Lansing area.
Hansen, who turns 59 on Monday, said he planned to retire before he turned 60 and was fortunate enough to be able to do so. He plans to spend his retirement with his family and also his hobbies which include singing in a barbershop quartet, community theater, announcements at professional equestrian competitions and boating.
“I am extremely grateful for the time I spent with MCCA,” said Hansen. “Working alongside Michigan’s 28 public community colleges has been an incredible opportunity and I am very proud of the work our team has been able to accomplish. I have no doubt that this organization will continue to do great things on behalf of Michigan community colleges in the years to come.