Southeast Community College announced that Dr. Joel Michaelis will be the school's new vice president for instruction starting with the upcoming semester. Michaelis replaces Dr. Dennis Headrick, who retired from the position in the spring after decades of service.
Michaelis, who comes from Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College where he was vice president of academic affairs, started on July 20.
“I started working in community colleges in 1993 and have worked in a variety of roles within student services and instruction at various colleges, serving students from different backgrounds,” Michaelis said in a statement. “I hope that experience can add to the great work that is already happening at Southeast Community College.”
Michaelis was hired to lead the 350 full-time faculty and hundreds of adjunct faculty, team of deans, associated deans and staff.
Michaelis lived in Kansas and North Dakota before spending the majority of his life in Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree in management from Texas A&M, a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Texas and a doctorate in higher education administration from Baylor University. Previously he taught at Central Texas College, Howard College, Hill College, Galveston College and Navarro College before SKCTC.
“A significant building campaign such as what is happening now at SCC is indicative of leadership that foresees a bright future for the college and the need to provide facilities that can address the higher educational needs of the communities it serves,” he said.