Henry Ford College is in the process of a comprehensive national search for its next president.

The College is seeking a candidate who can build on the College's collaborative, student-centered, community-focused mission. A vision and drive to innovate are essential.

The complete process and procedures are detailed on this website.


New President Announced

On March 28, the Board of Trustees announced that Russell A. Kavalhuna, J.D., A.T.P., will become the next president of Henry Ford College, pending contract negotiations. The announcement is here.

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One of Michigan’s largest and oldest Community Colleges, Henry Ford College touches the lives of more than 20,000 students every year. We pride ourselves on our deep focus on a vibrant, engaged student experience with a passion for teaching and learning, advancing the many forms of human diversity and connection, and delivering excellence in everything we do.

Our in-demand degrees through more than 120 programs position our graduates for success in every field of endeavor, whether they earn a certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or transfer to a four-year college. Our personalized educational experience prepares students for life outside of work, including civic and community participation and lifelong learning. Innovation, ingenuity, integrity, and respect are hallmarks of our campus and community, and are warmly extended to visitors as well as students, faculty, staff, alumni, and business partners.

Henry Ford attracts students from a variety of communities throughout Southeast Michigan, including our home community of Dearborn, and from around the world. Henry Ford is proud to be students’ first choice and best choice as a FutureDriven College.


Our legacy began 22 years before our founding, with the opening of Henry Ford Trade School in 1916. Founded by Henry Ford, the non-profit school gave underprivileged young men the opportunity to earn a living while learning a trade that could support them and their families in the long term. It was the beginning of an educational model that had a long and substantive reach in American society.

As planned, the Trade School provided Ford Motor Company with trained draftsmen and technicians. The school started with just six students and one instructor, and by 1931 there were 135 faculty members teaching 2,800 students. The school was kept up to date with the most modern shop equipment to help students gain the latest technical skills while studying a demanding academic curriculum.

During its 36 years, the Henry Ford Trade School graduated more than 8,000 students. In 1952, it liquidated its assets and closed. Its assets of $1.25 million were bequeathed to the then Dearborn Junior College (DJC), which had been founded in 1938 as Fordson Junior College and was renamed DJC in 1946. The Trade School's assets were given to the College to extend existing College programs, and to provide scholarships for Trade School alumni who might wish to continue their education. The College renamed itself Henry Ford Community College in honor of the Trade School's bequest, and of the values Henry Ford instilled in all the entities he created or inspired.

The College continued to grow in the ensuing decades, adding top-quality academic programs spanning the spectrum of the arts, sciences, technology, education, health, humanities, business, and of course, workforce training. Today, we offer more than 165 associate degrees, certificates, university-transfer, and career programs. We also offer a wealth of extra-curricular and co-curricular experiences, including varsity sports and nearly 40 student organizations.

In 2014, with the installation of the College's first bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts, and in honor of the continued evolution of our academic and co-curricular offerings, the College was renamed Henry Ford College.

We believe it is critical to keep education affordable, while preparing our students for long-term professional and personal success. While our academic offerings are much broader and more diverse than they were in the mid-Twentieth Century, we still believe that partnering with businesses to respond to their workforce needs ensures mutual success for them and our graduates. We are dedicated to providing a rigorous education, combined with the technical and technological acumen needed for students to thrive, no matter what their field of study.


Henry Ford College transforms lives and builds better futures by providing outstanding education. As a student-centered, evidence-based college, our success is measured by the success of our students.

We empower learners through the development of independent, critical and creative thinking, and we foster diversity, inclusion, understanding, and acceptance to prepare learners to succeed in a global society. We anticipate and respond to the needs of our stakeholders, exceed their expectations and serve the public good.

    We have a PASSION for:
  • Teaching and learning;
  • Exploring diverse perspectives and ideas;
  • Creating a student-centered environment;
  • Transforming lives through continuous learning; and
  • Excellence in all that we do
    We demonstrate INTEGRITY through:
  • Accountability;
  • Responsible stewardship;
  • Ethical conduct;
  • Honest dialogue; and
  • Sustainable practices
    We promote INGENUITY by:
  • Being agile, flexible, and responsive;
  • Rewarding discovery, creativity, and innovation;
  • Collecting, evaluating, and acting on evidence;
  • Thinking critically; and
  • Continuously reimagining the future
    We show RESPECT for one another when we:
  • Collaborate and rely on teamwork;
  • Maintain transparent practices;
  • Show compassion and empathy; and
  • Are engaged and committed to our shared work
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For inquiries about the Henry Ford College presidential search, e-mail PresidentialSearch@hfcc.edu. The Henry Ford College executive liaison for the presidential search is Becky Chadwick, Vice President for Strategy and Information, and she is supported by Special Assistant Terri Hagen.

The AGB Search Consultant is Dr. Carlos Hernandez, who may also be reached at PresidentialSearch@hfcc.edu or the AGB Email Contact Form.