Greetings, and welcome to Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC).
I am humbled and honored to serve as the 10th president of TMCC starting on June 15, 2016. Although I have much to learn about this complex organization, I know that TMCC is an excellent college with a unique role to play in the health and prosperity of the Reno community.
Community colleges have unique organizational cultures with diverse consortia of students, faculty and administrators working together. I’ve become intimately familiar with several and have met many more during my 30-year career as a community college educator. TMCC is an upbeat college, a happy place where faculty and staff are dedicated to help students cross the finish line and move on toward a satisfying occupation or to transfer to a university for advanced degrees.
TMCC is rightfully proud of its wide array of more than 50 programs of study leading to 160 degree, certificate and other completion options including university transfer. We are also proud to offer two Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Logistics Operations Management and Emergency Management and Homeland Security–Public Safety. We are home to outstanding faculty and student service support staff who wholeheartedly embrace our student success and completion purpose.
As president, I constantly reflect on how we can improve upon the important work of community colleges. I ask, “As educators, what can we do even better to benefit student success and completion?” “How do we balance educational excellence in all that we do in a way that maintains affordability so that any resident can seek a TMCC certificate or degree?” I also believe that this digital age has changed the way students learn, communicate, and view the world around them. TMCC is a learning organization; and this includes an organizational capacity for creative thinking and listening coupled with an openness and desire to make continuous quality improvements. We serve our community by producing well-prepared graduates in many fields of study, and who often develop with our help an appetite for learning that enables their lifelong professional and personal endeavors.
At TMCC we provide an education that is rigorous, dynamic, caring, and above all, aspires to connect all the dots between education, career success, and the pursuit of personal enrichment. We also enjoy partnerships with K-12, nearby Nevada community and state colleges, the University of Nevada, Reno, (and other universities too), business, industry, and health care providers. Reno is a great community. In my short time as a Nevadan, I am convinced that Reno’s journey toward sustaining a prosperous, healthy, educated citizenry is well underway.
Working with you, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, I will do my part in leading this marvelous college, TMCC, in a manner that builds upon the great pride and appreciation for TMCC that currently exists. I deeply appreciate the past leadership of TMCC and the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) for building and fostering such a strong college.
Let’s build upon these strengths in the years to come, together, and begin another pivotal chapter in the TMCC story; a story of lives transformed, new ideas, and bright futures.
Karin Hilgersom, PhD