HFC Leadership

HFC Board of Trustees

The Henry Ford College Board of Trustees comprises seven members who serve six-year terms. They are publicly elected during regular elections in May or November. The Trustees serve concurrently as members of the Board of Education for the Dearborn Public Schools.

The HFC Trustees are responsible to select the College President, to provide broad oversight of the College's operations and financial status, and establish and revise its policies. The board meets monthly throughout the year except July.

Board Members
Board Meeting Schedule and Minutes
Board Bylaws

Shared Leadership

Shared Leadership at Henry Ford College is a process of collaboration and communication among all stakeholders, including employee groups, students, and the Board of Trustees. Through this dynamic, cooperative process, the College community receives input and recommendations from all stakeholders to make data-driven decisions that will help us achieve our mission and goals. This participatory model focuses on respectful, honest, transparent, collaborative decision-making. Shared Leadership is driven by the work of four councils: Academic Council, Operations Council, Coordinating Council, and the Faculty Organization and Faculty Senate. The work of these groups helps HFC to transform lives and build better futures by providing an outstanding educational experience for all students, and a positive, supportive work environment for faculty and staff.

Learn more about HFC’s Shared Leadership, including membership, bylaws, minutes, agendas and meeting times

Office of the President

The president is responsible for leadership, management, development, and coordination of all departments, divisions, and functions of the college, both internal and external. The president is a primary public representative of the College, speaks in an official capacity for the College, and is the face of the College to many public audiences.

In collaboration with other leaders, the president establishes and communicates the vision and strategic direction of the College. Some areas of responsibility include planning, budget, academics, personnel, student services facilities, fundraising, policy, reporting, and community relations.

The president works closely with six vice presidents who take primary strategic and operational responsibility for major functional areas of the College. This group of senior leaders comprises the president's cabinet.

Russell Kavalhuna joined the College as president in July 2018.

Executive Leadership

Vice President of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs has responsibility for the administration, coordination, and development of all academic functions of the college. We support the mission of the College by supporting and maintaining a highly qualified and diverse faculty, dynamic, challenging and viable academic programs, and an integrated academic support system to promote student retention and success.

Our vision is to create a center of educational excellence creating flexible, high-quality, and learning-centered pathways to student success and empowerment.

Our mission is to engage and educate our community through teaching and learning opportunities that are inspiring, creative, effective, and evidence-based. The Vice President oversees four academic schools (Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development, Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), as well as the Teaching and Learning Services area of HFC.

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Vice President of Administrative Services & Special Assistant to the President

The Special Assistant to the President has responsibility for the administration and coordination of Campus Safety and Human Resources. In support & pursuit of the College mission, Administrative Services will ensure a safe, comfortable, and rewarding work & learning environment. We recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified employees while promoting and respecting diversity within the institution. Promote positive working relationships and mutual respect between all employees and departments. Facilitate continuous improvement in HR and Campus Safety to maximize the effectiveness of the institution.

Contact the Vice President of Administrative Services and Special Assistant to the President

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

The Mission of the Henry Ford College Foundation (HFC) is to raise charitable support for the College by building long-term relationships with such constituents as business, civic and community leaders, alumni, corporate and philanthropic foundations, and individuals of influence and affluence, in support of the goals and objectives of the College and the educational and career aspirations of HFC students.

We are committed to providing knowledge, communication skills and cultural opportunities to prepare our diverse student population for a rapidly changing world and workplace. Ours is a tradition of building futures.

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Vice President of Strategy & Information

Strategy and Information areas include: Institutional Research, Reporting and Strategic and Operational Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, Marketing and Communication (including our Graphics Department), as well as Information Technology Services.

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Vice President of Financial, Facilities, and Auxiliary Services

The Office of Financial, Facilities, and Auxiliary Services is responsible for the financial workings of HFC. Our employee groups cover Purchasing, Auxiliary Services (the College Bookstore and Skylight Café), Child Activity Center, Financial Aid, Cashiers Office, and Financial Services (accounts payable, payroll, accounting and budgeting).

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Vice President of Student Affairs

The departments that comprise the Student Affairs unit at Henry Ford College strive to deliver exceptional customer service to its students. The cross-functionality of the staff allows for ongoing professional development and seamless student service.

As a learning organization Student Affairs professionals within the College serve as educators and life-long learners. Through co-curricular programming, democracy education and civic engagement, leadership and athletic offerings and, social, professional, career and personal development activities, we support students’ accomplishment of their life goals.

Contact the Vice President of Student Affairs