On Jan. 15, the Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees named Todd Hernandez as the school’s next president, succeeding former president Michael Thomson.
Thomson had asked the NSCC Board of Trustees to complete his contract with NSCC by March 31, 2021, to allow him to spend more time with his family, to which the board agreed, Board Chairman Joel Miller said.
The board then signed a contract with Hernandez, who was NSCC executive vice president, to become the eighth president of NSCC, located south of Archbold.
Hernandez is a veteran of the United States Navy and brings considerable experience in advanced manufacturing and information technology from the private sector. Hernandez has served in a variety of capacities at NSCC over the past 11 years. As executive vice president he was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the college.
Hernandez also led the charge to develop the college’s workforce development branch, which includes Custom Training Solutions.
“NSCC is on a good path. We are midway through year one of a very good three-year strategic plan. The strategic plan will continue to transform NSCC into a more learner-centric institution while providing investments in academic excellence, workforce development, improved culture and community engagement,” Hernandez said.
A search for the new executive vice president will begin immediately.
While Thomson’s contract initially ran through December 2021, “As with many things related to our current public health situation, the pandemic reveals the need for change and accelerates that very change,” he said.
“Life is precious and I desire to be with my family as soon as it is safe to do so,” he said, adding the transition process begins now “in anticipation of the time when we can travel more freely.”
Hernandez, who was one of two finalists in the last presidential search in 2018, said that Thomson has been a blessing for the college, the community and for him on a personal level.
“I would like to thank President Thomson for his leadership these past three years. He brought new ideas and a strategic focus on mission to our campus. During his presidency, we have seen marked improvements in organizational culture, community engagement, enrollment management and fiscal sustainability. On a personal note, I truly appreciate the mentorship he has provided and I am grateful to call him friend,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez holds a Master of Information Systems Management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor’s of Science in electrical engineering technology from DeVry Institutes of Technology (Columbus). He is currently completing his Doctorate of Information Technology from Walden University. He is married and has two children.