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Joe Verkennes, Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161
(734) 384-4207 (O), (419) 343-3063 (M) 


MONROE, Mich. – At its regular meeting tonight, the Monroe County Community College Board of Trustees voted to extend the contract of President Dr. Kojo A. Quartey for three years. 

All other terms of the current contract will remain the same for the next three years.  A copy of the current contract can be found on the MCCC website via this link:

The contract was extended by a vote of 5-1, with the dissenting vote coming from Trustee William H. Braunlich.

In other action, the Board of Trustees accepted the resignations of trustees William J. Bacarella Jr., who tendered his resignation via letter effective Nov. 20, and Braunlich, who tendered his resignation via letter effective tonight.

The Board is inviting residents of Monroe County, Michigan who are 18 years of age or older and otherwise legally qualified to apply to fill the two vacancies.

After serving on the Board for 37 years, Bacarella was nearing the end of the fifth year of a six-year term, a term that he had indicated would be his last.  He served on the Board during the tenure of all five presidents in the 51-year history of MCCC and twice served as Board chair. 

“Our community college has benefitted from Bill Bacarella’s steadfast devotion, his financial experience and discipline, his insights and institutional history, and his passionate support of the mission and growth of MCCC in every way possible,” said Board Chair Joseph N. Bellino Jr.

Braunlich became the college’s attorney in 1979 and became a trustee in 2003.  His current six-year term was set to expire in 2020.

“During the last 36 years, Bill Braunlich has had a profound impact on MCCC, first as the college attorney and then as a valued member of the Board of Trustees,” said Bellino.  “His knowledge and wisdom was always highly valued by the Board.  The community will always be grateful to him for his key role on the committee that spurred the creation of The Foundation at MCCC."

Michigan law requires the Board to appoint, within 30 days of official notice of a trustee’s resignation or retirement, a replacement trustee for a term until the next regular community college election.  The appointments for these vacant seats will expire on December 31, 2016.  The next regular election is in November 2016.

Commitments for these non-compensated positions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Regular board meetings, typically the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
  • Board study sessions and committee meetings scheduled as required
  • Participation in other college functions including commencement, receptions, ceremonies and events

More information about the duties of the Board of Trustees at MCCC can be found in Section 1.00 of the college’s Policies and Procedures, which can be found at  Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found at

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, materials explaining their qualifications for the position of trustee and three references.  These application materials must be received by 5 p.m. on December 2, and should be sent or delivered to:  Trustee Search, Office of the President, Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI  48161.

Interviews will be conducted in public meetings according to the Michigan Open Meetings Act, and application materials are subject to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.  Final appointment will be made by the full MCCC Board of Trustees at special meeting to be scheduled at a later date.

Additional materials are available upon request and questions may be directed to the President’s Office at Monroe County Community College at (734) 384-4311.

About Monroe County Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  

The college’s mission is to enrich and transform lives by providing opportunities and excellence in higher education.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at