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 Organization Chart.

Executive Leadership

KCC President 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, Vice President for Student and Community Services at KCC.Kay Keck, Ph.D.

Vice President, Student and Community Services

Dr. Kay Keck serves as the Vice President for 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.


Dr. Paul Watson II, Vice President for Instruction at KCC.Paul Watson II, Ed.D.

Vice President, Instruction

Dr. Paul R. Watson II joined the College as the Vice President of Instruction in January 2019. Dr. Watson has 13 years of teaching experience at the secondary and post-secondary levels, plus another seven years of experience as an administrative leader in higher education. He was at Pennsylvania College of Technology from 2011 to 2018 as a director, assistant dean and dean. Prior to that, he was a high school math teacher in Jefferson, New York, and an assistant professor of mathematics at Houghton College in Houghton, New York.