After decades of singing and having his musical compositions premiered and performed on stages nationally and internationally, Dr. Michael Nealon is taking yet another stage and this time it’s at Washtenaw Community College as the new permanent Vice President for Instruction (VPI). The Long Island, NY native comes to WCC with more than 25 years of experience in higher education. His first official day began Aug. 10.
“WCC has a fine reputation in the state and in the region,” Nealon said. “I’ve been very aware of the quality of programs here for quite some time. When the opportunity to join this distinguished team came along, I thought this would be a great place to start a new chapter in my life.”
Before making his way to WCC, Nealon served as Associate Vice President of Engaged Student Learning at Lansing Community College (LCC), which is Michigan’s third-largest community college and home to more than 17,000 students. He also served as LCC’s Dean of the Arts and Sciences division for five years, Chair of the Humanities and Performing Arts department for two years, and Lead Faculty in the Music Program for eight years.
In fact, Nealon credits his music background in helping him to be able to lead effectively and efficiently in his past positions, as well as his newest role. “So much about music-making turns on one’s ability to listen carefully and play off the strengths of fellow performers,” he said. “These are equally important in my work as an administrator.”
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