Bay College president receives high marks

ESCANABA – Bay College President Laura Coleman is doing an “outstanding” job, according to her annual performance review by the Bay College Board of Trustees.

During a recent board of trustees meeting, Coleman was evaluated by the seven-member board in four categories: leadership – education, leadership – administration, advocacy, and community involvement.

Each category is further broken down into three or four additional sub-categories according to Bill Lake, board of trustees member and chairman of the college’s personnel committee in charge of the reviewing process.

“The overall evaluation from all seven board members was outstanding,” he said.

Based on a five-point scale, with 5 indicating the best possible score, Coleman’s overall rating was a 4.4.

Lake said part of Coleman’s “outstanding” evaluation is reflected in achievements and recognitions of Bay College in the past year.

These achievements include the college’s recent ranking as one of the top 30 community colleges in the nation by “Washington Monthly” and being recognized and awarded as one of the top 10 digital community colleges in the nation.

“Dr. Laura Coleman is an outstanding president for our college and has done a remarkable job in her eight years that she’s been here,” said Lake.

When asked if the positive evaluation will result in a salary increase for Coleman, Lake said that is still under discussion.

“We’re obviously negotiating with several groups and the president is one that would be considered at the conclusion of all of the talks,” he said.