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Bay Mills tribal member Duane Bedell has been selected to serve as the new president of Bay Mills Community College. The BMCC Board of Regents formally announced their decision on Friday, July 31 at a special meeting.
“We had a lot of qualified applicants apply for the position,” BOR President Bryan Newland. “Duane was chosen based on his vision, leadership, and experience in education.”
Bedell currently works as the tribal manager for Bay Mills Indian Community, a position he has held for two years. Prior to his work at BMIC, Bedell was the computer information systems department chair at BMCC for 10 years. He began his teaching career at BMCC in 2002, working as an adjunct instructor. He has also worked at various other institutions teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Bedell is highly qualified for his new role at BMCC. He has worked in tribal communities for more than 20 years and has impressive credentials. Bedell earned his associate’s degree from BMCC in computer information systems and moved on to get his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Baker College. His graduate education includes a master’s degree in educational technology and education specialist degree from the University of Michigan. He is currently a doctoral candidate in education leadership at U of M as well.
“I am honored and humbled to be named the third president in BMCC’s history. This is a dream come true! Under the leadership of Mickey Parish, BMCC has been successful by following its core mission and vision, which is to provide a high-quality education while preserving the Anishinaabek culture and language,” said Bedell. “I am looking forward to working with all of the departments to build a culture that facilitates collaboration to expand BMCC’s horizons while maintaining the high-quality education BMCC is known for.”
Bedell will work alongside current BMCC President Michael Parish throughout the fall semester, learning the ropes as the presidential designee. Parish will retire in December and Bedell will assume the role of president on Jan 1.
“I believe that the board did an excellent job of advertising and selecting a new president and I want to congratulate Duane on his selection,” said Parish. “I am sure that he will be a great president and his previous experience will be very helpful as he takes over.”
BMCC is one of three tribally controlled colleges in the state of Michigan and the only community college in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. As a 1994 Land Grant Institution, BMCC works closely with land grant partners, such as Michigan State University to provide service and expertise to the Bay Mills Indian Community and the surrounding region. BMCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.