Presidential Search

Bay College

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Bay College President Laura Coleman announced her intent to retire during the College’s Board of Trustees meeting September 21. Coleman will retire effective June 30, 2023, as the fifth and longest-serving president in Bay College’s 60-year history.

Presidential Search Consultant

The Board of Trustees selected the experienced firm of Gold Hill Associates, led by Dr. Preston Pulliams, to conduct a national search to replace Dr. Laura Coleman. Gold Hill Associates is dedicated solely to community college executive searches.

Community Listening Sessions

The Board of Trustees is seeking input from community members to identify the characteristics and qualifications needed for Bay’s next president. Trustees value the perspectives of community members, students and employees, and look forward to a collaborative process. Students and employees received an email invitation to participate in designated sessions. The public is encouraged to attend community listening sessions at the following locations and times:

Main Campus
2001 N Lincoln Rd.
Escanaba, MI
Student Center - Room 525
Main Campus Map

Tuesday
November 29, 2022
5 pm - 6 pm (ET)
Student Center - Room 525

Thursday
December 1, 2022
11 am – 12 pm (ET)
Student Center - Room 525


West Campus
2801 N US 2
Iron Mountain, MI
West Campus Map

Wednesday
November 30, 2022
12 pm – 1 pm (CT)
Room 232

Wednesday
November 30, 2022
5 pm - 6 pm (CT)
Room 232

Projected Timeline

  • RFP for presidential search consultant - October 14 deadline
  • Presidential search consultant selected by bid process/Board of Trustees (BOT)
  • RFP for presidential search consultant - October 14 deadline
  • Board selected and contracted with Presidential Search consultant, Gold Hill Associates.
  • Search committee appointed by BOT on November 9 and directed to work with search consultant
  • Feedback forums held with employees, students and community November 29 - December 1.
  • Feedback forums held with employees, students and community November 29 - December 1.
  • Search committee meets December 1 to work on Presidential profile and timeline.
  • The Board approves the presidential “profile” for the search consultant
  • Candidate Recruitment
  • Application deadline
  • Search consultant reviews candidate rankings and selects semi-final candidates for preliminary interviews
  • Search Committee Interviews
    • Search Committee interviews semi-final candidates and recommends 4 candidates to the Board for consideration. 
  • Board of Trustees Interviews
    • The Board interviews the final candidates and selects the new President.
  • Final Stages
    • The Board proposes contract offer and transition timeline; contract is finalized.
  • Retirement Party for Dr. Coleman
  • New President start date
  • Welcome Receptions
    • Receptions to be held at Main Campus and West Campus
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