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President's Cabinet

Renee Deyoung, V.P. of Student Affairs

Renee DeYoung was hired as the V.P. of Student Affairs in 2015.  She has worked at North Central since 2002, first as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Instruction, and then, beginning in 2008, as the Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar.

Renee is responsible for coordinating activities in Student Services, including program planning, developing policy and supervising staff in the following areas: admissions, academic advising/counseling, student outreach and engagement, veterans support services, financial aid, campus housing, enrollment services/registrar, student conduct and student records.

She also assists in the preparation of forms and reports for state and federal agencies including ACS, IPEDS, Annual Security Report, etc., and serves as the state’s data coordinator and the College’s Title IX coordinator and chief investigator. 

Renee holds an associate degree in accounting from North Central, a B.A. in Education from Goshen College, and an M.B.A. from Lawrence Technological University.

Renee is originally from Indiana and enjoys many outdoor activities.


David Hartnett, V.P. of Finance & Facilities

David Hartnett was hired as the V.P. of Finance & Facilities in 2014.  Prior to then, he was the controller at the Inn at Bay Harbor/Bay Harbor Golf Club/Crooked Tree Golf Club and spent seven years as the Finance Director/Comptroller for the Bay View Association.

David is responsible for a comprehensive program of business management including accounting, purchasing, inventory, budgeting, financial reporting and auditing, maintenance of buildings and grounds, plant, auxiliary business operations, support staff personnel, civil rights, insurance and risk management.  He also oversees the College’s investments, represents the Board during labor contract negotiations, and is the FOIA compliance officer.  His direct reports include the Director of Business Services, Physical Plant Director, Director of Human Resources, Director of IT, Assistant to the Vice President of Finance/Facilities and SCRC Director.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Wayne State University.

David enjoys skiing in the winter and cycling in the summer.


CAROL LAENEN, DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COMMUNICATION

Carol Laenen was hired as Director of College Communication in 2013.  Her prior experience includes roles as the Vice President/Executive Director of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, Marketing Director of Birchwood Construction, Human Resources Director at Ameritech, and National Marketing Director at Ameritech.

Carol is responsible for planning and directing the marketing and communication strategies for the College, including interpersonal communications, public relations, College branding, online marketing, print, broadcast and digital media (including the College website and social media).  She also serves as the College’s primary contact for media/press.

Carol has a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and a master’s degree in Human Resources from Central Michigan University. She also has an associate degree in Graphic and Commercial Arts from Macomb Community College.

Carol is the President of the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Board.


ROBERT MARSH, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Marsh was hired as Associate Dean of Research & Assessment in 2011.  Prior to then, beginning in 2001, he served as Associate Dean of Occupational Programs. 

Bob is responsible for collecting/compiling appropriate and accurate data to fulfill institutional, state and federal reporting requirements.  He responds to requests from other agencies, organizations and individuals and supports the data needs of strategic planning and grant-seeking/reporting efforts, including IPEDS, Perkins Core Indicators and Voluntary Framework of Accountability. He also collects, archives and reports student outcome assessment data and results and educates staff on the interpretation of data.

Bob holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.A. in mathematics, both from U.C. Santa Barbara, an M.B.A. from LSSU, and a Ph.D. in Operations Management from Michigan State University.

Bob enjoys running and has completed two marathons.


PETE OLSON, V.P. OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS & STUDENT SUCCESS

Dr. Olson was hired as the V.P. of Academic Affairs and Student Success in 2014.  He joined North Central in 2009 as Director of Allied Health and assumed the Associate Dean of Health, Business, Science & Technology position in 2011.

Pete leads the College’s total instructional activity, including strategic planning and budgeting in the instructional area, credit and non-credit curriculum planning, development and review, supervision and assessment of faculty and staff, instructional schedule-building, business and industry training, library, University Center administration, relationships with K-12 partners, peer and senior institutions, and off-campus instructional programming.  He is the College’s main contact for Achieving the Dream.

Pete’s direct reports include the three deans, the librarian, and administrative and support staff in the instructional division.  

Pete holds a B.A. in humanities from the University of Colorado, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. are in comparative literature from the University of Michigan.

Pete is an avid cyclist, kayaker, photographer and skier.  He enjoys spending time on Mackinac Island.


MEGAN VAN HORN, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENT

Megan Van Horn was hired as the Executive Secretary to the President in 2013.  Prior to then, she was Secretary to the Principal at Petoskey High School.

Megan is responsible for providing a high level of support to the President of the College, including managing the President’s calendar, scheduling appointments, answering phone calls and composing correspondence and emails.  She also serves as the liaison to the Board of Trustees, preparing agendas, minutes and materials for the monthly Board and Finance and Facilities Committee meetings and maintaining compliance with OMA rules.  She also prepares and distributes faculty and administrative contracts. 

Megan holds a B.A. in journalism from Ohio State University.

Megan worked as a reporter for a daily newspaper in central Ohio prior to moving to Michigan.  


LISA WATSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR foundation

Dr. Watson was hired as the Executive Director Foundation in 2016.  Lisa served as the Development Officer, Corporate and Foundation Relations at Loyola University, New Orleans, for almost four years.  She was the Vice Chancellor of Advancement and Research at a young institution, River Parishes Community College, in Louisiana for 10 years.

Lisa works with faculty, staff, alumni, community members and foundations to support scholarships, programs and capital projects on campus. She is responsible for annual, major, capital and legacy/bequest gifts for the College.  In partnership with the College’s Foundation Board of Directors, Lisa’s work supports students’ educational experiences by raising funds to provide scholarships and grants.  She works with faculty to identify and apply for programmatic grants.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans.

Lisa speaks several languages.  She taught English as a Second Language in Japan, Toronto, and Tulane University for more than 14 years.