Kellogg Community College is governed by a publicly elected Board of Trustees and operated by an administrative team that includes the executive leadership of KCC’s president and vice presidents. For a full list of KCC’s administrative staff, view the latest Administrative Organizational Chart (PDF).

Executive Leadership

Mark O'Connell

Mark O’Connell, M.A.


Mark O’Connell is the President of KCC. He has served the College in several administrative positions, including as Vice President of Administration and Finance. A former Director of the College’s Business Development Center, he spent several years specializing in business planning. O’Connell received a Business Counselor Certification from Wayne State University School of Business and holds a master’s degree in education administration from Western Michigan University. In addition to his private sector experience, he has taught business classes for KCC, Siena Heights University, Western Michigan University and Wayne State University. His planning guide, “Starting Your Own Business,” was published in 1993. In the mid-1990s, he developed business plans for the College to allow for planned expansion in Branch and Barry counties. He and his wife, Janet, have lived and been active in the Marshall community for more than 40 years; they have two sons.

Dr. Kay Keck

Dr. Kay Keck, Ph.D.

Vice President, Student and Community Services

Dr. Kay Keck serves as the Vice President of Student and Community Services at KCC. Her career at the College includes positions as Dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar and in Financial Aid. Keck earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Western Michigan University, where her doctoral work focused on student retention in the community college. She is a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and earned an associate degree from KCC, a bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University. She also completed the 2002 Michigan Leadership Institute and the 2009 Battle Creek Area Leadership Challenge. Keck is a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, where she lives with her husband, John.

Cathy Hendler photoCatherine Hendler, M.S.

Vice President, Instruction

Catherine Hendler is the Vice President for Instruction at KCC. She previously served as the College’s Chief Information Officer. Prior to coming to KCC in 2005, Hendler held various leadership positions in Information Technology at Albion College, focusing on the instructional use of technology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York, and a master’s degree from Syracuse University in the field of molecular genetics. Hendler is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. She enjoys living and being active in the Marshall community.