KCC Presidential Transition

trance to the North Avenue campus looking over the reflecting pools at the center of campus.

Kellogg Community College concluded its search for its next president when the Board of Trustees on Dec. 3, 2019, approved an employment contract with Dr. Adrien Bennings. Current President Mark O’Connell will retire effective Dec. 31, 2019, and Dr. Bennings will begin on Jan. 6, 2020.

For more information about the presidential transition at KCC, please contact Chief Communications Officer Eric Greene at greenee@kellogg.edu.

About Dr. Bennings

Dr. Adrien Bennings
Dr. Bennings

Dr. Bennings possesses extensive experience in higher education in the areas of teaching, academic development and retention, strategic planning, personnel management, professional development, accounting and finance, mentoring, entrepreneurship, and community relations. Additionally, she serves as a certified Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. As a former professional track and field athlete, Dr. Bennings maintains a competitive drive for continuous improvement, lifelong learning, and team development. Her philosophy embodies the true spirit of a servant leader: “The most invaluable asset to any business, institution, or community is people. Therefore, it is vital to nurture the potential within, leading by example, and empowering them to excel beyond perceived limitations.”

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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.