Dr. John Selmon Recognized for Supporting Education
On November 3, 2022, the Rotary Club of Muskegon recognized Dr. John Selmon, president of Muskegon Community College (MCC), as a Paul Harris Fellow during their meeting at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon Convention Center. The honor recognizes individuals who meet the high professional and personal standards exemplified by Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International.
Selmon was recognized “in special appreciation” for how his “life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation.” The award certificate presented to him reads, “In appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world.”
Dr. Donald Crandall, a fellow Rotarian and member of the MCC Board of Trustees, nominated Selmon for the award. He explained it was in recognition for his “service above self” and in recognition for Selmon’s support of education. Crandall’s spouse, Nancy Crandall, was also named a Paul Harris Fellow at the same meeting.
“What an honor and privilege to receive such an award, especially from an MCC Trustee. I was both surprised and excited when Dr. Crandall started reading some of the background information to the audience,” said Selmon, who was unaware of the pending recognition. “When he got to the part about a wrestling background at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I knew he was talking about and honoring me. I am so appreciative.”
The MCC Board of Trustees unanimously selected Selmon as MCC president in April and he assumed the role in July. Selmon previously served as the Provost and Vice President for Student Services.
“These are the moments you never forget!” explained Selmon. “I am happy that my wife had an opportunity to join me at the luncheon.”
Muskegon Community College is an Achieving the Dream institution and is nationally recognized for its student success accomplishments. The college was founded in 1926 and offers over 80 areas of study and more athletic sports teams than any other community college in Michigan.