Dale K. Nesbary, Ph.D. was appointed the 10th President of Muskegon Community College in June 2009.
Since then, a $24 million bond authorization was approved in 2013 by Muskegon County voters, while the college has secured more than $17 million in state and federal grants and $2 million in private gifts to support the most ambitious upgrade of its facilities since the construction of the main campus in 1967.
MCC’s state-of-the art Science Center opened in 2015 as a life sciences facility which will serve our campus and business community for years to come.
The Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center, an adaptive reuse of the former Muskegon Chronicle and Masonic Temple buildings, opened in August 2017. The Center houses advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurial studies and more programs taught in the heart of historic downtown Muskegon.
Also in 2017, the College broke ground on its Health and Wellness Center on campus, upgraded its recently purchased MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center in the former Muskegon YMCA building, and completed design work on its Arts and Humanities Center on campus.
Just as importantly in 2017, MCC ranked #1 in the State of Michigan by BestCollges.com for gainful employment, graduation rates, and earnings outcomes. MCC has earned acclaim as a national leader in student success, having been named an Achieving the Dream Leader College, as well as a Top 50 Best Value community college in the U.S. MCC ranked 27th among the 1,711 community and other two-year colleges in the nation evaluated for gainful employment and earnings outcomes.
Under Dr. Nesbary, MCC has also added over 30 academic, athletic, and co-curricular programs, opened three satellite facilities in Ottawa County, received approval for offering 100 percent of its curriculum online, and earned a full 10-year institutional re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Prior to joining MCC, Dr. Nesbary served as Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs at Adrian College, while holding the rank of Professor of Political Science. He also served as Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Public Administration Program at Oakland University. While at Oakland University, he served as an ACE Fellow, hosted by Alliant International University in San Diego, California. The ACE Fellows Program has long been considered the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program.
Additionally, he served as Research Director and Technical Services Director with the Boston Police Department, held the positions of Assistant and Program Evaluation Budget Director, and Director of Contract Management with the City of Boston. He also held administrative appointments with the National Conference of State Legislatures and with the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency.
Dr. Nesbary published three books and over 20 academic papers primarily in the areas of finance, technology and policing. His research expertise focuses on the application of technology in criminal justice and education institutions.
He completed his Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern University in Boston. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Anthropology from Michigan State University.
He serves as a member on local, state, and national boards, including Talent 2025, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Mercy Health Regional Governance Board, the Center for Community College Student Engagement National Advisory Board, and is a silver life member of the Muskegon Branch of the NAACP. He is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Workforce and Economic Development.
He resides in Muskegon, Michigan with his wife of 38 years, Connie. He is the proud father of two adult children, Nicole and Matthew. His interests include baking bread, making jams, and trombone playing.