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.

President Kavalhuna's website and contact information.

President's Cabinet

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.

Contact the Office of Academic Affairs

Vice President of Administration, Human Resources, and Campus Safety

The Special Assistant to the President has responsibility for the administration and coordination of Campus Safety and Human Resources. In support and pursuit of the College mission, Administrative Services will ensure a safe, comfortable, and rewarding work and 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. We facilitate continuous improvement in HR and Campus Safety to maximize the effectiveness of the institution.

Contact the Vice President of Administration, Human Resources, and Campus Safety

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.

Contact the Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Interim Vice President, Institutional Research, Planning, and Accreditation

The Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Accreditation is responsible for the collection, analysis, and distribution of data for use in planning, decision-making, and policy formation at Henry Ford College. We serve as a clearinghouse for all information pertaining to the College and disseminate this information to a broad array of internal and external constituents. Additional responsibilities include leading the College's strategic and operational planning processes and supporting college-wide efforts to maintain Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation.

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).

Contact the Vice President of Financial, Facilities, Auxiliary Services

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

Office of Legal Counsel

The Office of Legal Counsel is responsible for all legal work associated with College activities. This includes compliance with federal, state, and local laws and statutes, risk management, and reviewing and approving all College contracts and policies.

The scope of legal services includes official activities of the College as a whole, and College officials acting within their capacity on behalf of the College.

The Office consults with outside counsel in cases relating to highly specialized subject matter.

Deans of HFC Schools

School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development (BEPD)

The School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development comprises traditional business disciplines such as management, accounting, finance, and marketing, as well as programs, degrees, and coursework for those who want to run their own business, and those who wish to pursue skilled trades and workforce development credentials.

Email the School of BEPD

BEPD phone number: 313-845-9645

BEPD School directory

School of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The School of Health and Human services encompasses the HFC nursing program and other health-related fields such as radiography, ophthalmic technology, EMS, PT assistant, fitness leadership, pre-pharmacy, respiratory therapy, medical insurance, and related programs and credentials. The School of Nursing is located on our East Campus.

Email the School of HHS

HHS phone number: 313-845-9877

HHS School directory

School of Liberal Arts

The School of Liberal Arts encompasses broad areas of study applicable to nearly any career. Academic programs include the arts (fine arts, music, performing arts, literature), mathematics, natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science), philosophy, religious studies, and social sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, linguistics, history).

The Henry Ford II Honors Program is also housed in the School of Liberal Arts.

Email the School of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts phone number: 313-845-9624

Liberal Arts directory

School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

The School of STEM provides interdisciplinary education that prepares graduates for some of the fastest-growing fields in the world. STEM is based on a cohesive learning model that integrates study and application across the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Email the School of STEM

STEM phone number: 313-845-9632

STEM directory