Dawson Community College selects new president

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Mike Simon

Dawson Community College Board Chair, Jim Squires, announce the selection of Michael Simon, M.A., as the next Dawson Community College president.

Squires expressed his enthusiasm for the pick in a statement Monday as he described the search process in detail. “The successful signing of Michael Simon as the next DCC president is a culmination of a tremendous, sustained search effort by the Presidential Search Committee. The Committee was made up of community members, plus faculty, staff and administration at DCC. The Search committee studied 42 completed applications, narrowed the field to six candidates who were interviewed on SKYPE. The Presidential Search Committee then submitted names of three finalists for on-site interviews to the DCC Board. Following Community “Meet and Greet” sessions with each candidate, a campus visit and tours of Glendive, each candidate was formally interviewed by the DCC Board of Directors. The DCC Board made the final determination after reviewing feedback from DCC faculty, staff and administration. Hiring Michael Simon as our new DCC president opens doors to our future, and makes the future of DCC exciting!”

Michael Simon, currently Chief Executive Officer for the Timberline Campus of Colorado Mountain College, accepted the position this week. “I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity.” Simon stated “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Glendive and DCC. I left impressed with those I met and see fantastic prospects as Dawson Community College moves forward.”

Simon has worked in higher education for 19 years. The Timberline campus in his charge comprises a residential site and a commuter site. Prior to joining Colorado Mountain College, he served as an Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management at Saginaw Valley State University.

He earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Northern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University. He is also certified as a black belt in the Academic Quality Improvement Process. In addition, he is pursuing an Education Doctorate from Texas Tech University.

Simon is currently the president of the Lake County Economic Corporation and a member of the Southern Colorado Economic Development District’s Strategy Committee. He has served as president of the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce, the Advocates of Lake County, and two terms for the Michigan Association of Colleges and Employers. 

Mike and his wife Sarah enjoy travel and hiking with their black lab Piper.

We welcome DCC President Michael Simon to our DCC family.

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