Rochester College begins search for new president

President Dr. Rubel Shelly to transition to chancellor

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published December 5, 2012

ROCHESTER — Rochester College has embarked on a national search to secure a new president for the college, as early as fall of 2013.

At the January 2012 meeting of the Board of Trustees, current President Dr. Rubel Shelly requested the board initiate a presidential search that would allow him to step away from his role by Sept. 1, 2013.

Shelly assumed the role of interim president in Spring 2008, and, at the board’s request, has continued to serve as president since.

“I am not principally an administrator. In my eyes, I am a teacher and a writer, so I think the time has come for me to step away from what I regard as a minor part of my qualifications, experience and passion, to the things that are primary for me. I’m looking forward to getting back into the classroom on more of a full-time basis and giving up the administrative duties to someone else who’s trained in and passionate about higher administration. That’s not my background,” he said.

Upon the successful completion of the search, Shelly will be asked to assume responsibilities as chancellor of the college, to oversee the transition of leadership, and to return to his most cherished roles of teacher and author within the college.

William Anderson, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Rochester College, said Shelly has been an “extraordinary blessing” to the college.

“Rubel stepped into this role at a very challenging time in the history of the college, and brought great credibility and great stability to the organization. He has provided extraordinary leadership, not only amongst alumni and others who have supported the college, but also has made great strides in developing and improving community relationships in the greater Rochester area. He’s done a superb job, as far as building a spirit of excellence within faculty and staff; he’s an extraordinary teacher of students, as well as being the President of the college — he has done both jobs — and he has done an extraordinary job in working in the development area, building the funding support for the college,” Anderson said.

Under Shelly’s leadership, Rochester College has increased its enrollment from 850 students to more than 1,200 at the start of the 2012-13 academic year. During the same period, the college established a School of Nursing, achieved in collaboration with Crittenton Hospital and Medical Center. Shelly has also overseen the reorganization of academic programming into an integrated learning model and secured new faculty and staff.

Those who wish to be considered for the presidential appointment are asked to submit a letter of interest and complete curriculum vitae by mail to the Presidential Search Committee, Rochester College, 800 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. The target date for announcing the presidential selection is late spring 2013, with his or her service to begin in fall 2013.