Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 23, 2014

Nelson scores well, but lower than 2013 on review

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College's president earned a "commendable" overall grade on his annual performance evaluation from college trustees, a slight dip from his previous year's score.

Tim Nelson's aggregate performance score of 3.49 out of 4 was slightly lower than last year, when he earned an "outstanding" mark with a score of 3.68, college records show.

But college trustees spoke highly of Nelson and his ability to lead NMC both late last week and after they spent more than an hour discussing his annual performance review in closed session during a board meeting Monday.

"I think we have the best community college president in the state of Michigan," NMC board President Doug Bishop said Monday.

Each of the college's seven trustees completed a written evaluation of Nelson. Those reviews were compiled into a single document with numeric, weighted scores and unattributed comments in 15 categories. Trustees released the aggregate evaluation following their board meeting.

Nelson scored highest in the "ethical behavior" and educational offerings categories, where trustees lauded the development of national accreditation for NMC's nursing program and new relationships with educational institutions in China, to name a few of the referenced accomplishments.

NMC Trustee Bill Myers specifically mentioned the college's creation of a bachelor's degree in maritime studies when asked about Nelson's performance late last week.

"That took a great deal of effort through two years," Myers said of the new degree. “It’s a great opportunity for our students, it saves cadets money and we've already graduated someone."

Nelson pointed to those accomplishments and more when asked about his performance last week.

"I always get a little concerned about picking out one or two because everyone here is doing great work," he said.

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