Official Roles, Terms of Service and Biographies

The Board of Trustees consists of seven members, elected at large in the community college district on a nonpartisan basis for staggered terms of six years. The election is held the first Tuesday in November in even-numbered years. The term of office is from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Any qualified elector residing within the community college district is eligible to be chosen as a board member. Each member of the Board of Trustees has the duty to attend the board meetings, both regular and special; to perform special responsibilities as authorized by the board and recommended by the president or chairperson, to support the best interests of the College; and to faithfully represent the district in all matters before the public.

Sam Barnes, Board Chair

Sam R. Barnes
Trustee Biography and Perspective


Matthew R. Heins

Trustee Biography and Perspective


John M. Crist
Vice Chairperson

Trustee Biography and Perspective


Philip E. Hoffman

Trustee Biography and Perspective


Sheila A. Patterson

Trustee Biography and Perspective


Dr. Edward A. Mathein

Trustee Biography and Perspective


Donna L. Lake

Trustee Biography and Perspective

The officers of the board consist of a chairperson, a vice chairperson, a treasurer and a secretary (who shall be members of the board). The officers shall be elected by the Board of Trustees for two-year terms, selected on the odd years. A majority of four members of the Board of Trustees is a quorum. No act is valid unless voted on at a meeting of the board by a majority vote of the members of the board and a proper record made of the same. The Board of Trustees shall conduct its meetings and business in conformance with Act No. 267, State of Michigan Public Acts of 1976, the Open Meetings Act.

Note: The dates under each trustee image represents (first year in office/year current term concludes).

  • Past Board Members
    Board Member Term Start Term Finish
    Donna Lake 2012 Current
    Matthew R. Heins 2009 Current
    Samuel R. Barnes 2009 Current
    Sheila A. Patterson 2008 Current
    John M. Crist 2007 Current
    Philip E. Hoffman 2005 Current
    Michael Burgess 2002 2004
    Christina L. Medlar 2001 2012
    Edward Mathein 1999 Current
    Bernard Riggs 1999 2002
    Dennis DaPra 1998 2008
    William Lambkin 1997 2008
    Georgia Fojtasek 1995 2000
    Charles Anderson 1995 2008
    John VanderPoel 1991 1997
    Jacqueline Dulworth 1989 1995
    Robert Johnson 1985 1994
    Mark Rosenfeld 1982 1996
    Lois Franklin 1979 1990
    John Selby 1978 1984
    Faith J. Justin 1978 1978
    E. Dean Edwards 1978 1982
    Betsy Dolan 1977 1988
    Victor Cuiss 1974 1998
    Hugh D.  Federer 1973 1978
    Marvin Raguse 1973 1978
    J.C. Drake 1973 1978
    Charles O. Conrad 1969 1974
    Michael J. Baughman 1969 1998
     Hugh D.  Federer 1966 1978
    Elwin T. Ruffner 1965 1972
    Justin R. Whiting 1962 1965
    Bert H. Walker 1962 1968
    George E. Potter 1962 2006
    Louis H. Leggett 1962 1972
    James P. Graham 1962 1968
    Ruth M. Day 1962 1976