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Message 4/4/19

Greetings! On behalf of the Helena College CEO/Dean Search Advisory Committee (SAC), I am pleased to announce that we are currently reviewing the 45 applications received by the “best consideration” deadline of April 1, 2019. We are pleased with the size of the application pool, and an initial glance suggests that our applicants come from a variety of backgrounds and that they bring a wide range of experiences to the table. 

Our entire team will carefully assess every application, and we will meet in the middle of next week to select 6-8 semifinalist candidates whom we will interview via WebEx or similar technology. Those interviews will take place within the next 2-3 weeks. 

After we have selected 2-4 finalists, we will announce their names publicly and do everything we can to make their campus visits at the end of April as meaningful and visible as possible. We will include special sessions for many stakeholders, including student, staff, different faculty groups, administrative leadership, community members, and others. There will also be an open forum presentation for all audiences, and an open reception (off site) at the end of the day. 

Please stay connected to updates and other information through our search website at: http://www.helenacollege.edu/hr/hc_dean_search.aspx

As always, feel free to reach out to me directly at btessman@montana.edu or by phone at (406) 449-9129. 

Regards,

Brock Tessman, PhD
Chair, Search Advisory Committee

Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education

Montana University System

Message 2/25/2019

Dear Helena College Community:

I hope this message finds you well (and warm) on a cold and snowy Monday. I am writing today with an update on the search for the next CEO / Dean of Helena College. Last week, the Helena College CEO / Dean Search Advisory Committee (SAC) met for the first time. The following individuals are serving as members of the SAC:

  • Stanley Munson, Student Government Vice President
  • Dalton Johnson, Alumnus and MUS Regent
  • Wesley Walker, Faculty, Aviation
  • Kimberly Feig, Faculty, Sociology and Diversity Committee Chair
  • Kristine Fife, Staff, Disability Resources Coordinator
  • Sarah Dellwo, Director, Admissions and Records
  • Tammy Burke, Division Chair, Trades
  • Lisa Cordingley, Executive Director, Helena Education Foundation /K-12
  • Brock Tessman, Committee Chair, MUS Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education

It was a very positive and productive meeting; the SAC received its charge, and worked on the leadership advertisement that outlines the qualities Helena College is looking for in its next CEO / Dean. The advertisement reflects the ideas and insights of the SAC, but is also driven by all the feedback we received during our full day of listening sessions on February 13th. We will be ready to launch the search nationally later this week!

On behalf of the entire Search Advisory Committee, I can also tell you that:

  1. We are confident in the schedule we have in front of us, and committed to doing the work necessary to build a highly competitive, diverse applicant pool.
  2. The opportunities for engagement with the search will continue for all stakeholders, on campus and off. The search website is live and a great source of information and updates about the search. In particular, I ask you to visit the site and offer your ideas / feedback via the “Submit Feedback” button. There is also an online survey that you can complete. I will look at both the email and survey at least weekly between now and the end of the search. My hope is that the entire campus and many parts of the Helena community engage with the finalists as much as possible when they visit campus in late April – we need to show off everything that Helena College has to offer its next leader.
  3. It is an honor for me to serve as Chair of the Search Advisory Committee, and I invite your communication. Anyone with specific inquiries or requests can reach me directly at btessman@montana.edu or at my office phone (4060-449-9129).

Warm regards,

Brock Tessman, PhD
Chair, Helena College Dean Search Advisory Committee

Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education, Montana University System

Message 1/28/2019

To the Helena College Community:

It is my privilege to announce that we are ready to launch our search for the next Dean / Chief Executive Officer of Helena College. As chair of the Search Advisory Committee, my top priority is to make sure that each of you has the chance to be involved during the search process. With that in mind,we will be holding a series of listening sessions in the Lecture Hall at the Helena College main campus on Wednesday, February 13th. These sessions will be structured as a series of open forums for different stakeholder groups including, but not limited to: students, staff, faculty, administrators, community members and local legislators. I am asking you to come and share your thoughts - out loud or in writing - about what kinds of experience, qualities, and vision should define Helena College’s next Dean/CEO. There will also be opportunities to nominate individuals to serve as one of the 7-8 members of the Helena College Dean/CEO Search Advisory Committee.

A detailed listening session schedule can be found below. For more information about the Dean/CEO search, please visit the dean search web page. Our search website will also be a great way to stay connected to news and updates related to the search process. You can also reach out to us via the search email address HCDeanSearch@helenacollege.edu.

Group Meeting Schedule
Time Group
7:15am to 8:15am Breakfast with Legislators & Community Members
8:30am to 9:30am Cabinet
9:45am to 10:45am Directors/Chairs/Heads
11:00am to 11:45pm Lunch/Break
12:00pm to 1:00pm Students
1:15pm to 2:15pm Staff
3:45pm to 4:45pm Faculty
5:00pm to 5:30pm Break
5:30pm to 6:30pm Open Session

Together, we will find a Dean who will effectively and inclusively lead Helena College in exciting new directions for years to come.

Cheers,

Brock Tessman, PhD
Deputy Commissioner for Academic, Research, and Student Affairs
Montana University System

Written comments may be submitted to:HCDeanSearch@HelenaCollege.edu

Unable to Attend a Session? Then this survey is for you!

Wednesday February 13, 2019 Deputy Commissioner Tessman will be at Donaldson Campus all day meeting with various groups in the Lecture Hall.

Here is the schedule:

Group Meeting Schedule
Time Group
7:15am to 8:15am Breakfast with Legislators & Community Members
8:30am to 9:30am Cabinet
9:45am to 10:45am Directors/Chairs/Heads
11:00am to 11:45pm Lunch/Break
12:00pm to 1:00pm Students
1:15pm to 2:15pm Staff
3:45pm to 4:45pm Faculty
5:00pm to 5:30pm Break
5:30pm to 6:30pm Open Session
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CEO/DEAN Helena, Montana

The Montana University System and Helena College community have opened the search for a new CEO/Dean. Helena College, comprising two sites in the capital city at the Donaldson and Airport campuses, is an important presence for the two-year college sector in the state. The CEO/Dean reports to the Commissioner of Higher Education. The college is affiliated with the University of Montana.

Established in 1939, Helena College boasts a rich history of serving residents and businesses throughout the city and state. A dedicated cadre of faculty and staff guides over 1,500 students in 28 associate degrees and certificates in various programs of study, ranging from general education to career and technical education. In keeping with the college's mission and vision, Helena College strives to provide access to high quality, lifelong education opportunities. Helena College is accredited fully and independently by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. It also is recognized by the ASE Education Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Montana State Board of Nursing, the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, the National League for Nursing, and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.

The college's Search Advisory Committee seeks an inspiring, transformational, can-do leader. The committee desires a dynamic, politically astute, forward-thinking CEO who will be a forthright champion of the college. The CEO/Dean should bring a vision that balances general education and transfer pathways with career and technical education. Likewise, engagement in support of the current strategic and enrollment plans will be expected. He or she should be visible, approachable, and congenial for the college community. Additional characteristics of leadership sought in the new CEO/Dean include:

  • Carries a students-first, student-centered learning focus with knowledge of the traditional, non-traditional, and adult learner;
  • Understanding of enrollment management strategies, including growth, retention, access, and success;
  • Proven competence in budgeting, financial planning and management, and fundraising;
  • Genuine understanding of the balance between college-wide governance and responsible leadership;
  • Commitment to diversity, a culture of inclusiveness, and the college's established diversity core values;
  • Experience in collaborations and partnerships with stakeholder groups, including the state legislature, city leaders, foundations, businesses, K-12, and other institutions of higher education;
  • Ability to cultivate and advance an environment conducive to continuous improvement;
  • Team builder and ability to advocate for the college as part of a statewide team, working with the Board of Regents and Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education;
  • Excellent communication skills, practicing a transparent open-door, open-mind style as a learner and a listener;
  • Two-year higher education management experience with knowledge of higher education policies, practices, and trends (preferred); and
  • Earned terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning (preferred).

To assure best consideration, applications should be received by April 1, 2019. The application must include a two to four-page letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant's background in relationship to the expectations described; a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of at least five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. The new CEO/Dean will assume office by July 2019.

The Helena College University of Montana CEO/Dean search is being assisted by James H. McCormick, jim.mccormick@agbsearch.com, 651-238-5188, and Janice S. Fitzgerald, janice.fitzgerald@agbsearch.com, 717-580-0663, AGB Search. Nominations and applications may be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to helenacollegeceo@agbsearch.com. Additional information can be found at www.helenacollege.edu and https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/ceodean-helena-college.

Each campus of the Montana University System shall ensure that no employment or educational policy is discriminatory on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, political ideas, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, national origin, or ancestry unless based on reasonable grounds.

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PROFILE FOR HELENA COLLEGE*

Helena College

 

Established in 1939, Helena College University of Montana is a two-year comprehensive college in Helena, Montana. In earlier years, it was known as The University of Montana – Helena College of Technology, Helena College of Technology, and the Helena Vocational-Technical Center. 

The college is located in the state's capital city near the headwaters of the Missouri River. It offers 28 associate degrees and certificates in general education/transfer, career and technical education and trades programs of study, as well as credit and non-credit continuing education courses for workforce training and personal enrichment. 

Helena College maintains two campuses. The Donaldson Campus is the main facility which houses academic programs, including general education, accounting and business, computer and office technology, fire and rescue (also at Missoula College and the Park County Rural Fire District in Livingston), and nursing, as well as the majority of administrative operations, student support services, and continuing education. The Airport Campus houses the Computer Aided Manufacturing, Diesel Technology, Industrial Welding and Metal Fabrication, Automotive Technology, and Aviation Maintenance Technology programs. 

The college's total operating budget for fiscal year 2018 is $7.6 million. 

MISSION

Helena College University of Montana, a comprehensive two-year college, provides access to and support of high quality lifelong educational opportunities for our diverse community. 

VISION

Helena College will be recognized as a responsive regional provider of comprehensive educational opportunities, as a partner in economic and community development, and as a diverse and accessible community of learners. Helena College will promote excellence in education; maintain fiscal and operational integrity; and cultivate an environment of fellowship, inclusiveness, and respect. 

CORE THEMES

Through an inclusive campus and community-wide discussion of Helena College’s purpose and goals, three core themes have been identified that represent, individually and collectively, fundamental aspects of the College’s mission:

  • Student access and success
  • High quality education
  • Community enrichment 

SELECTED FACTS (Fall 2018)

Type of institution:                              Public, comprehensive, two-year

Degrees and certificates offered:       28

Student to faculty ratio:                     13:1 

Enrollment:

Headcount                                          1,530
 Full-time                                                487
 Part-time                                            1,042
 Full-time equivalent                              837 

Enrollment by instruction area:

 General education/transfer                  452
 Technical education                              210
 Trades education                                  128
 Non-degree                                             41
 Dual enrollment                                    635
 Dual-credit                                            548

 

Technical programs include Accounting and Business, Computer Technology, Fire and Rescue, Nursing, and Office Technology. 

Trades programs include Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Diesel Technology, Industrial Welding and Metal Fabrication, Machine Tool Technology, Metals Technology, and Welding Technology. 

Also see "Helena College by the Numbers" at http://www.helenacollege.edu/abouthc/institutional_research/default.aspx.

 2012-2022 STRATEGIC PLAN

http://www.helenacollege.edu/abouthc/institutional_research/docs/Revised%20Strategic%20Plan%202012-2022%20Spring%202018.pdf

STRATEGIC ENROLLMENT PLAN

http://www.helenacollege.edu/abouthc/strategic_enrollment_planning.aspx

ACCREDITATION

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
ASE Education Foundation
Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation
Federal Aviation Administration
International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
Montana State Board of Nursing
National League for Nursing 

The most recent NCCU one-year self-evaluation report may be seen at http://helenacollege.edu/abouthc/accreditation/docs/HelenaCollege-2018YearOneSelfEvaluation-FINAL.PDF.

STUDENTS

The Associated Students of Helena College is an active student organization representing over 1,500 students. All students enrolled in one or more credits are eligible for membership. The ASHC uses funds to help form clubs and organizations, assist students in severe financial distress, and create scholarship opportunities for the students. It also is involved in the community by contributing time and money to local non-profit groups. Enrolled students are charged a $20 student government fee each semester. 

Numerous clubs invite students' interest, including the Computer Technology Club, Helena College Aviation Club, Future Machinists of America, Phi Theta Kappa (national honor society), Psi Beta (national honor society in psychology), Helena College Veterans Club, and the Social and Psychological Sciences Club.

The majority of Helena College's students are from Lewis and Clark County (67 percent). The remaining student population represents adjacent counties (12 percent), statewide (19 percent), and out of state residents (2 percent).

http://www.helenacollege.edu/student_services/docs/2018-19_Student_Handbook.pdf

MONTANA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

The Montana University System comprises sixteen public universities and colleges, enrolling more than 44,000 students each semester. The system is guided by the Montana Board of Regents, a governing body with full power, responsibility, and authority to supervise, coordinate, manage, and control the Montana University System, and supervise and coordinate other public educational institutions assigned by law. The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate to seven-year overlapping terms. The Governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Commissioner of Higher Education are ex officio members of the Board. 

The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) is the central administrative unit of the Montana University System and the Board of Regents. The Commissioner of Higher Education and the office staff are responsible for providing quality and timely service to the Board of Regents, government entities including the executive and legislative branches, the public and the media, students and staff, and others in the education community when they request information or assistance. The OCHE is based in Helena. See the system's strategic plan: https://mus.edu/data/StratPlan/StrategicPlan.asp.

CITY OF HELENA

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Helena /ˈhɛlɪnə/ is the state capital of the state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Founded as a gold camp during the Montana gold rush, it was established in 1864. Over $3.6 billion of gold was extracted in the city limits over two decades, making it one of the wealthiest cities in the United States by the late nineteenth century. The concentration of wealth contributed to the city's prominent, elaborate Victorian architecture. 

At the 2010 census, Helena's population was 28,190, making it the fifth least populous state capital in the United States and the sixth most populous city in Montana. Its population is 77,414, according to the 2015 Census Estimate. 

The local daily newspaper is the Independent Record. Semi-professional sports teams include the Helena Bighorns Tier III Junior A hockey team. The city is served by Helena Regional Airport (HLN).

https://helenachamber.com

https://www.helenamt.gov/community.html

NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS

To assure best consideration, applications should be received by April 1, 2019. The application must include a two to four-page letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant's background in relationship to the expectations described; a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of at least five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. The new CEO/Dean will assume office by July 2019. 

The Helena College University of Montana CEO/Dean search is being assisted by James H. McCormick, jim.mccormick@agbsearch.com, 651-238-5188, and Janice S. Fitzgerald, janice.fitzgerald@agbsearch.com, 717-580-0663, AGB Search. Nominations and applications may be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to helenacollegeceo@agbsearch.com. Additional information can be found at www.helenacollege.edu and
https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/ceodean-helena-college.

Each campus of the Montana University System shall ensure that no employment or educational policy is discriminatory on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, political ideas, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, national origin, or ancestry unless based on reasonable grounds.

  • 2/13 | Listening Sessions at Helena College
  • 2/15 | Search Advisory Committee appointed
  • 2/22 | Search Advisory Committee Meeting
  • 2/27 | CEO/Dean Search launched
  • 4/1 | Deadline for Applications (best consideration)
  • 4/10 | Search Advisory Committee meets; selection of semifinalists
  • 4/18 – 4/19 | Search Advisory Committee meets Teleconference interviews with semifinalists | Finalists identified
  • Week of 4/22 | Finalists scheduled for campus visits
  • 5/1 | Search Advisory Committee meets and reports to Commissioner | Board/Commissioner discuss identification of next CEO/Dean-elect
  • May | TBD | Introduction of CEO/Dean-elect
Stanley Munson
Student Government Vice President
Stanley.Munson@mail.helenacollege.edu

Dalton Johnson
Alumnus
MUS Regent
RegentJohnson@montana.edu

Wesley Walker
Faculty, Aviation
wesley.walker@HelenaCollege.edu

Kimberly Feig
Faculty, Sociology
Diversity Committee Chair
kimberly.feig@HelenaCollege.edu

Kristine Fife
Staff, Disability Resources Coordinator
kristine.fife@HelenaCollege.edu

Sarah Dellwo
Director, Admissions and Records
sarah.dellwo@HelenaCollege.edu

Tammy Burke
Division Chair, Trades
tammy.burke@HelenaCollege.edu

Lisa Cordingley
Executive Director, Helena Education Foundation /K-12
cord@mt.net

Brock Tessman, Committee Chair
MUS Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education
btessman@montana.edu
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