Gold Hill Associates Seeks New Leader for Temple College

October 12, 2018 – Community college executive search firm Gold Hill Associates has been selected to find the next president for Temple College in central Texas. Search consultant Dennis Michaelis is leading the assignment.

The Temple College board of trustees was unanimous in choosing the Jackson, MS-based firm. “Gold Hill has experience and an extensive network in Texas and across the country,” said board chair Katie Burrows. “We are excited to start working with them.” The new president is expected to start in January.

Temple College is seeking a leader with strong leadership and superb communication skills, said Gold Hill Associates. The new president will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for the college by working with the board, faculty and staff to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. The president is responsible for all operations of the college.

Visionary Leadership

The new leader will be charged with providing visionary leadership that includes a strong focus on student achievement, completion, and success, said the search firm. The individual is expected to: project a personal/charismatic presence in central Texas as the face of the college and as a representative of the overall community by attending a wide array of college and community events and actively participating in or leading a variety of college and community activities or endeavors; work toward development of additional funding sources for the expansion of college programs possibly including expansion of the college’s tax base; and provide strong guidance and support to the outlying campus centers with a particular focus on the Taylor and Hutto communities including close attention to equity issues involving financial support and adjunct instructors.


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The new president will also be responsible for accentuating the college’s mission and message to constituents by highlighting the various programs and opportunities that are available at the college; participating in the development of the college’s master plan and programs; providing strategic leadership and direction in the forecasting, development, and management of the college’s budget by placing emphasis on the college’s fiscal function and performance; and employing a data-driven decision making approach to issues affecting the college by utilizing Zogotech and Ellucian (Datatel) software, among other duties.

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Candidates should have an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited higher education institution and at least five years of executive level administrative experience, said Gold Hill Associates. College classroom teaching experience and community college experience is preferred.

Community College Specialists

Founded in 1926, Temple College is one of the oldest public two-year colleges in Texas. It has an enrollment of close to 5,000 students at three locations, in Temple, Hutto and Taylor. At its main campus in Temple, the college offers educational opportunities to residents of Temple and surrounding communities. The school’s health professions programs benefit from proximity to the main Baylor Scott and White Medical Center as well as the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center. Temple College also offers highly regarded music and visual arts programs, including a new four-year bachelor’s degree in music that is offered in partnership with Texas A&M University-Central Texas. The college also runs the Texas Bioscience Institute, which offers a middle-college program for area high school students interested in medicine or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.

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Gold Hill Associates, founded in 1990, is dedicated solely to community college executive searches. The firm has completed over 100 assignments for a variety of college populations, from small and rural to large, urban and multi-district colleges. Gold Hill’s search professionals have all been community college presidents, bringing specific first-hand knowledge and support. Their prior work as presidents helps them adapt to meet individual board and state requirements, with an awareness of budget costs to the board and institution.

Dr.  Michaelis served as president of McLennan Community College in Waco, TX for 21 years. He previously served as president of Lake Region Community College in North Dakota and Paris Junior College in Texas. Since retiring, Dr. Michaelis has served as interim chancellor at St. Louis Community College, interim chancellor at Baton Rouge Community College and interim president of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas, his master’s at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and his doctorate at Kansas State University.

The firm was also recently selected to find the next president for Central Oregon Community College (COCC) in Bend, OR.  Current president Shirley Metcalf will be retiring at the end of the current academic year. Finalist candidates are expected to be presented to the board for approval in late January. Finalist interviews are planned for early February. A board selection and decision are expected in March.  COCC’s new president is expected to officially assume the post at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

Related: Academic Sector Pumping Big Fees Into Search Firms

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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