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Lansing Community College announces new president

Steve Robinson becomes the seventh president
Posted at 5:49 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 07:24:31-04

LANSING, Mich. — Lansing Community College announces that Steve Robinson will become the college’s seventh president.

After a nationwide search, the LCC Board of Trustees selected Steve Robinson, current president of Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, as the college’s next leader.

Robinson will succeed President Brent Knight, who will retire June 30.

One of four finalists for the role, Robinson brings a rich community college career that spans 23 years and includes teaching, management, and organizational operations. Prior to being named Owens Community College’s seventh president in 2018, he served as their vice president of academic affairs and provost. He also led the college through a serious financial crisis, placing the institution on sound fiscal footing.

Familiar to the state of Michigan, Robinson has worked at Mott Community College in Flint as the executive dean of planning and research, the University of Michigan-Flint as a graduate faculty member in English, and faculty advisor and chairperson in the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program at Ferris State University.

“Dr. Robinson has shown expert skills in managing complexities and has been successful at overcoming challenges,” LCC Board of Trustees chair Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr., said. “We look forward to him working in tandem with our students, faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees to make LCC the best it can be.“

President Brent Knight endorsed the decision. “I trust that the Board of Trustees have selected a very capable successor and I am confident that LCC will continue to serve the community with distinction.”

Robinson holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University, where he also earned B.A. and M.A degrees. His master’s degree is specifically in English Community College Teaching. He began his teaching career at LCC as an intern teaching WRIT 121, and will now return to Mid-Michigan as the college’s next leader.

About Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Lori Willett, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1870; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.
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