Former Penn College dean assumes presidency in Michigan

Published 01.19.2023

Faculty & Staff

Paul R. Watson II, Pennsylvania College of Technology's former dean of academic success, has been named president of Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Paul R. Watson II“In partnership with all constituents – the Board of Trustees, faculty, administrators, staff, community members, employers and students – I am eager to lead this institution as we provide all students with excellent instruction, accessible pathways to rewarding careers and opportunities to successfully transfer to other institutions,” said Watson, who had served as Kellogg’s interim president since April.

Nationally, he joins three other active college presidents with local campus roots:

  • Michael J. Reed, former vice president for academic affairs and provost, at Penn College

  • Tracy L. Brundage, former vice president of workforce development, at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia

  • Clifford P. Coppersmith, former dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland.

James E. Middleton, whose 11-year tenure included service as chief academic officer at Williamsport Area Community College and Penn College, was president at College of Marin in Kentfield, California, from 1994-2004, and at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon, from 2004-14.