KCC Presidential Transition

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Kellogg Community College is engaged in a search for its next president. The purpose of this web page is to communicate information about the presidential transition at KCC as the Board of Trustees conducts its search and proceeds toward a final selection. Current President Mark O’Connell has announced his intention to retire effective Dec. 31, 2019.

For more information, please contact Chief Communications Officer Eric Greene at greenee@kellogg.edu.

Media Releases


Dr. Adrien Bennings

Dr. Adrien L. Bennings, currently Vice President of Administration and Finance at Clovis Community College in Clovis, New Mexico.

Biography provided by Dr. Bennings
Resume provided by Dr. Bennings

Dr. Bruce Moses

Dr. Bruce Moses, currently Associate Provost at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

Biography provided by Dr. Moses
Resume provided by Dr. Moses

Dr. Paula Pitcher

Dr. Paula Pitcher, currently Vice President for Enrollment Management at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pennsylvania.

Biography provided by Dr. Pitcher
Resume provided by Dr. Pitcher

Dr. Paul Watson

Dr. Paul Watson, currently Vice President for Instruction at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Biography provided by Dr. Watson
Resume provided by Dr. Watson


The KCC Board of Trustees will interview each of the finalists separately. In compliance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act, each interview will be conducted during a special meeting of the Board, which will be open to the public and include a designated period for public comments. All interviews will take place in Room 301A, Roll Health and Administration Building, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek, MI, 49017.

The interview schedule is as follows:

  • 4 p.m. Oct. 28: Dr. Bruce Moses
  • 4 p.m. Oct. 31: Dr. Paul Watson
  • 4 p.m. Nov. 4: Dr. Adrien Bennings
  • 4 p.m. Nov. 7: Dr. Paula Pitcher


KCC employees who have observed or interacted with the finalists are invited to offer feedback via this online feedback form. Responses will be collected until 1 p.m. Nov. 11.

Information for Candidates

  • Position materials
  • Annual Reports
  • Institutional finances
  • Ongoing Initiatives
    • Accreditation: KCC’s reaffirmation of accreditation began in Spring 2019. Under the supervision of a Steering Committee, Criterion Groups were formed and are continuing their research, investigation and preliminary analysis. With regular reports to the KCC community and opportunities to solicit feedback, the Steering Committee continues to prepare for a successful Higher Learning Commission visit in Fall 2021.
    • Guided Pathways: KCC is working with most other community colleges in Michigan on the ongoing Guided Pathways Initiative. The goals of the initiative are to increase student success, retention and completion through a targeted First Year Experience course, acceleration through Developmental Education, and increased structure in program pathways leading to degree completion and/or transfer.
    • Strategic Planning: The College continues its multi-year strategic planning process and recently narrowed a series of ideas and objectives into long-term goals centered around degree completion.
  • Organizational Chart

About KCC

Kellogg Community College, founded in 1956, serves approximately 8,400 students annually via five campuses, customized training and online coursework. The College offers 59 pre-professional transfer curricula; 35 associate degree programs; 28 certificate programs; six categories of professional certifications; and a variety of short-term, non-credit courses.

The College was fully reaccredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools most recently in 2012.

Mission, Vision & Equity

KCC’s mission is to provide accessible, high-quality education to enrich our community and the lives of individual learners. The College’s vision is to be recognized as a premier institution of higher education, having achieved excellence through innovation, quality instruction, a culture of continuous improvement, and learner-centered decision making.

KCC is committed to creating an inclusive environment that fosters respect for others and our differences, supports cultural understanding, demonstrates ethical behavior and champions social justice.


KCC is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees whose seven members are publicly elected to six-year terms.

The College’s executive leadership consists of Mark O’Connell, President; Dr. Kay Keck, Vice President for Student and Community Services; and Dr. Paul Watson II, Vice President for Instruction.