ARCHBOLD — The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees recently named Todd Hernandez as its next president, succeeding the tenure of President Michael Thomson.
“(The board) confirmed Dr. Thomson’s request to alter our contract with him to facilitate spending more time with his family,” said NSCC Board of Trustees Chair Joel Miller.
Miller said Thomson’s contract will now end March 31, and a new contact was approved with current executive vice president Todd Hernandez to become the eighth president of Northwest State Community College.
Regarding the transition and its timing, Thomson noted the COVID-19 pandemic impacted his decision.
“As with many things related to our current public health situation, the pandemic reveals the need for change, and accelerates that very change,” Thomson said. “Life is precious, and I desire to be with my family as soon as it is safe to do so. The board and I had a contract timetable of December 2021. We are starting a transition process now in anticipation of the time when we can travel more freely.”
The board lauded Thomson for his service and embraced the succession model for naming the college’s new president.
Hernandez is a veteran of the United States Navy, and brings experience in advanced manufacturing and information technology from the private sector. Hernandez has served in a variety of capacities at NSCC over the past 11 years – most recently as executive vice president, where he was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the college. He has also led the charge for the college’s workforce development branch, which includes Custom Training Solutions. Hernandez was one of two finalists in the presidential search back in 2018.
“NSCC is on a good path. We are midway through year one of a very good three year strategic plan,” Hernandez said. “The strategic plan will continue to transform NSCC into a more learner-centric institution while providing investments in academic excellence, workforce development, improved culture and community engagement.”
Hernandez holds a master of information systems management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering technology from DeVry Institutes of Technology (Columbus). He is currently completing his doctorate of information technology from Walden University. He is married and has two children.
(Information courtesy of Northwest State Community College.)