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Kirtland Appoints New Board Trustee

Kirtland Community College’s Board of Trustees appointed Donnelle Napier to serve on the Board at its regular meeting on Thursday, April 10, 2014.  The appointment fills the vacancy created following Board approval of former Trustee Kristi McGregor’s resignation in December.  Napier is the Executive Director of the Hospice of Helping Hands in West Branch and resides in Roscommon, Mich.

Donnelle Napier will serve as Kirtland's newest Board following her unanimous appointment at the Board's regular April meeting

Roscommon’s Donnelle Napier will serve as Kirtland’s newest Trustee following her unanimous appointment at the Board’s regular April meeting

Napier has an RN degree, a BSN degree and an MBA and in Healthcare Administration and has worked for both non-profit and for-profit organizations in the healthcare field of practice.  In her letter of interest, Napier stated, “Upon reviewing Kirtland’s Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles, I feel I could be an advocate for those principles along with the dedicated men and women who currently serve on the board.”

“I firmly believe in education and providing exceptional quality standards in all levels of academic and professional practice,” Napier continues.  “It is through learning opportunities, such as those promoted and provided by Kirkland Community College, that our communities thrive, our students succeed and the quality of life [improves] for those who strive for a higher level of education.”

Because Napier was appointed to Kirtland’s Board of Trustees prior to May 8, 2014, she will be required to run for election again on November’s General Election ballot.  In addition to Napier, positions currently held by MaryAnn Ferrigan and Ed Pearen will be on the ballot as well.  Any persons interested in running to fill a position on Kirtland’s Board of Trustees must live within the college’s service area, which includes Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Roscommon counties.  To be included on November’s General Election ballot, candidates must file at the appropriate County Clerk’s office and submit a petition showing between 40-100 signatures, or pay a non-refundable $100 filing fee before July 22, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Sarah Madonna, Director of Public Information, at 989-275-5000, ext. 242 or

Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s locations near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord, Kirtland-West Branch and in Tawas.  Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.

To learn more about Kirtland’s veteran-friendly services, programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact Michelle Devine, Admissions Coordinator, at 989-275-5000, ext. 284 or visit