Leadership at Henry Ford College

Through a collaborative process of shared leadership and active communication with our students, staff, faculty, and community, HFC creates a vibrant environment for learning, teaching, and working.

Our Leadership Structure

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 local elections. 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 to establish and maintain its policies. The board meets monthly throughout the year except July.

Board of Trustees website

Board Meeting Schedule

Board Bylaws

Shared Leadership

Shared Leadership at Henry Ford College is a process of collaboration and communication among all stakeholders, including employee groups, students, our community, 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 several councils: 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

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.

Offices that report to the President

Executive Assistant and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
All Vice Presidents' Offices (see below)

President's website

Contact President Kavalhuna

President’s Cabinet (Vice Presidents)

Vice President of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible 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.

Offices that report to Academic Affairs

All academic programs and programming
Dean and School of BEPD
Dean and School of HHS
Dean and School of SoLA
Dean and School of STEM
Academic Catalog
Academic Services
Workforce and Professional Development

Contact the VP of Academic Affairs

Vice President of Financial, Facilities, IT, and Auxiliary Services

The Office of Financial, Facilities, IT, and Auxiliary Services maintains the College's financial and internal services systems and integrity.

Offices that report to Financial, Facilities, IT, and Auxiliary Services

Financial Services (accounts payable, payroll, accounting, budgeting, and cashier's office)
Auxiliary Services (the College Bookstore and Skylight Café)
Facilities Services
Financial Aid
Information Technology

Contact the VP of Financial, Facilities, IT, and Auxiliary Services

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.

Offices that report to Advancement

Development (fundraising)
Alumni relations
Government relations
Grants management

Contact the VP of Institutional Advancement

Vice President of Legal Services and General Counsel

The General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Services 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.

Contact the VP of Legal Services

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

The Office of Marketing and Communications drives experiences of relevance and value to increase the visibility, enhance the reputation, and advance the mission of the College. Ultimately, the goal is to support student success, sustained enrollment, and increased community, alumni, and partnership investments in the College.

Offices that report to Marketing and Communications

Marketing and External / Internal Communications
Presidential Communications
Public and Media Relations
Graphics Team
Print Shop
Recruitment / Admissions Team
Web Team

Contact the VP of Marketing and Communications

Vice President of Strategy and Human Resources

The Office of Strategy and Human Resources 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.

Offices that report to SHR

Human Resources
Institutional Accreditation
Institutional Research and Reporting
Strategic Planning

Contact the VP of Strategy and Human Resources

Vice President (Interim) of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for student services and an excellent student experience across the spectrum of academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular touchpoints at HFC.

Offices that report to Student Affairs

Advising and Student Success
Call Center
Career Services
Early Alert
Enrollment Services
Registration and Records
Student Activities
Student Conduct and Compliance
Veteran Services

Contact the IVP of Student Affairs

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

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

School of Liberal Arts (SoLA)

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

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