- According to Dick, “Jackson Community College has had a tremendous influence on my success and happiness in so many ways: I met my wife Sally Lusk, earned my first college degree (Associate of Arts, Class of 1962), began my career in community college administration, and realized and strengthened my leadership philosophy.”
Major accomplishments include:
- Earning his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Michigan State University.
- Serving as a business, management, and marketing instructor at Ingham Intermediate School District’s Capitol Area Career Center (full-time) and at Lansing Community College, Michigan State University and Ferris State University (part-time).
- A background in business to include positions as an industrial salesman (St. Louis, MO) and as general manager, Meridian Mall (Okemos, MI).
- A career in community college administration that began with positions as director, Job Training Institute, and executive director, Center for Small Business and Entrepreneurial Development at Jackson Community College.
- Also held positions as dean, Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo, MI); vice president, Metropolitan Community College (Omaha, NE); campus president, Central Community College (Columbus, NE); and president and chief executive officer, C.S. Mott Community College (Flint, MI).
- Recipient of the 2010 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2010 Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award, an honor recognizing the top community college president/CEO in North America.
- Selected to participate in President Barack Obama’s 2011 White House Champions of Change Panel Discussion, which highlighted the success of those community colleges who are helping low-skilled adults succeed in college by focusing on career pathways and linking workforce programs with credit-bearing courses.
- Accepted on behalf of Mott Community College the 2011 Aspen Institute Award for Community College Excellence which recognized MCC as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation.
- Served in leadership positions in national, state and community organizations.
- Blessed with two sons, Rick and Brad; two daughters-in-law, Kathy and Paula; and four grandchildren, Marc, Megan, Peri and Bryce.
If, as Dale Carnegie said, “Success is getting what you want…and happiness is wanting what you get,” then I am indeed a happy man.