AFIT’s Executive Committee is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Gavin, president of Delta College in University Center, Michigan, to our alliance!
Dr. Gavin was recently appointed as the College’s fifth president, succeeding Dr. Jean Goodnow, who joined AFIT in 2005, when our organization was known as the Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN). Delta College will continue participating in AFIT under Dr. Gavin's leadership. Andrea Ursuy, executive director of administrative services and institutional effectiveness, will continue serving as the College’s AFIT Rep.
Prior to joining Delta College, Dr. Gavin served as vice president of learning at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. He has a doctorate in American studies from the University of Maryland in College Park, a master’s degree in literature from American University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in literature from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
We caught up with Dr. Gavin to learn more about him and his vision for Delta College. Please enjoy our interview…
- Congratulations on your appointment as Delta College’s next president. What attracted you to Delta College? And what is your vision for the college?
I was excited to join Delta College because of its long history of innovation and national reputation. I have already engaged our internal and external stakeholders in developing our approach to what I have called ‘The College of Tomorrow,’ with the goals of ensuring we use our approaches to learning, technology, and innovation to complete more students with no gaps in success based on race, gender, ethnicity, or Pell status.
- What do innovation and transformation mean to you? What role have they played in your career as an educator?
Innovation is a very real and substantive part of my career. More than just a hollow word, I believe that innovation is finding unique and effective solutions to very real problems that present themselves—whether in terms of developing new technologies or simply finding new ways to collaborate. Throughout my career I have used this approach resulting in significant success in efforts to make institutions more effective.
- What is one lesson (personal or professional) the pandemic has taught you?
We are all capable of great things, to include overwhelming compassion.
- What do you think the future of higher education is going to look like?
The best and most innovative institutions will make college fit into the lives of their students through playing with the notion of time and space and focusing on learning rather than how long a student sits in a class. They will not accept opportunity gaps in student success.
- What interests/activities/hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?
I love music, reading, my family, and good food!
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Michael Gavin to AFIT!