Dr. John Selmon, who becomes the next MCC president on July 1, 2022, has more than three decades of experience serving in key leadership roles at both public and private higher education institutions. Well acquainted with Muskegon Community College (MCC) as the Provost/Executive Vice President for the past 11 years, Dr. Selmon provided leadership and oversight for Academic Affairs, Athletics, Facilities, and Student Services.
At MCC, he helped spearhead a college-wide Achieving the Dream initiative resulting in a Leader College designation and has coordinated several multi-million-dollar major building projects. Dr. Selmon instituted significant emergency practices and procedures to greatly enhance campus safety and security and launched a series of college-community events to proactively increase meaningful dialogue on divisive issues affecting the nation. He is strategically focused and passionate about developing policies, programs, and systems to improve access, completion, and equity in higher education.
Prior to coming to MCC, Dr. Selmon served as the Executive Dean of Student Services at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI, after working in Student Services at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA. He began his career in Michigan with Grand Rapids Junior College prior to joining the Davenport University Educational System, where he held numerous administrative roles during his 18-year tenure leading to his position as the Davenport system’s group vice president. He has served on numerous community organizations.
Dr. Selmon earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition, he has participated in several leadership programs, most recently a 2020 graduate of the Aspen Institute’s Presidential Fellows Program.