College President Makes Administrative Appointments


As a part of an administrative reorganization, West Shore Community College President Kenneth Urban has announced the appointment of two current administrators to new positions.

Thom Hawley has been named the Executive Director of Communications and Community Engagement and will lead marketing and outreach efforts for the college including the WSCC Foundation, the Business Opportunity Center, community education, and the Performing Arts Series.

Previously, Hawley served as the Director of College Relations, a position he has held since 2002. He is an alumnus of WSCC and Oakland University where he studied public administration.

Prior to coming to the college, he was the executive director of White Pine Village and Rose Hawley Museum and the Director of Public Relations for Lake Michigan Carferry.

Christy Christmas has been appointed to be the Dean of Occupational Programs where she will oversee career and technical classes and will be a strong advocate for students, faculty, and area business and industry within this division of the college.

Christmas, who joined the college in 2012, served as the Director of Student Success Services.

She began her educational career in 1985 at Maranatha Christian Schools, joined the administrative team at Mason County Central in 1989, and earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University.

Christmas will serve alongside Dean of Student Services Chad Inabinet and Dean of Arts and Sciences Brooke Portmann.

“One of the most encouraging things I have encountered since my appointment to the college is the strength and commitment of all our administrators, faculty, and staff. I am grateful that Thom and Christy have agreed to assume their new leadership roles on a permanent basis, and I am confident their leadership will help us achieve our goals and ambitions for West Shore,” said Urban.

Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations