Our first goal is to enhance the value of the Alma student experience. We believe that in general this is achieved by strengthening the community of faculty and staff who support our students’ growth. While we will make difficult choices and take appropriate risks, in all cases we will act with integrity and deep respect for the college community.
Reid-Knox Administration Building
Jeff Abernathy is Alma College’s 13th president. An English professor by training, he has a long-term commitment to the core values of a liberal arts education. Recognizing the rapidly changing higher education landscape, he has championed the use of data analysis and strategic planning to engage the campus in preparing for a future. Prior to coming to Alma, Dr. Abernathy served as vice president and dean of Augustana College from 2004-2010, where he helped to found the Midwest Alliance for Learning in the Liberal Arts, a consortium of seven liberal arts colleges committed to collecting, sharing and analyzing data on student learning for the purpose of improving student outcomes. Dr. Abernathy’s primary area of study is African -American literature. He is author of “To Hell and Back: Race and Betrayal in the Southern Novel.” A native of Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Abernathy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Longwood College. He earned a master’s degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Florida.
Reid-Knox Administration Building
Bob Garcia was appointed vice president for enrollment in August 2012 after serving two years as director of admissions at Alma College. He leads the college’s student recruitment efforts and provides administrative oversight of the admissions and financial aid offices as well as joint administrative leadership over athletics. Garcia came to Alma after serving as an admissions administrator, including senior assistant director of admissions, at Central Michigan University from 2004 until 2010. Prior to joining the CMU admissions staff, Garcia was the video coordinator for the CMU’s men’s basketball program, following a stint as producer, writer, editor and photojournalist for WWTV-WWUP-TV in Cadillac. He has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting with a minor in general business administration.
Communication and Marketing Building, Grant Street
Ann Hall was named vice president of communication and marketing in July 2012. She oversees efforts to promote and market the college to both internal and external audiences using multimedia approaches that incorporate the Web, print, video and social media; develop communication resources that support the college’s strategic goals; and improve national reputation. Prior to her appointment as vice president, Hall served as assistant provost at Alma College and vice president of human resources for MMI in Mount Pleasant. She has both a bachelor of science degree in sociology and a master of science in administration degree from Central Michigan University.
Carol Hyble, vice president for advancement, leads efforts to raise resources and develop alumni relations for the continued enhancement of Alma College programs and facilities. A 1978 graduate of Alma College, she has served multiple roles at her alma mater, including assistant director of admissions, admissions counselor and director of alumni relations. She joined the development staff in November 1997 and was appointed vice president in May 1998. In her role as vice president, Hyble oversees college fund raising, capital campaigns and alumni engagement. Prior to her return to Alma, Hyble served 13 years as director of alumni relations at Central Michigan University. She has a master’s degree in education administration.
Tyler-VanDusen Campus Center
Nick Piccolo has served as vice president for student life at Alma College since 2003. Student life at Alma encompasses a broad administrative portfolio that includes housing, residence life, counseling and wellness, health services, chaplain’s office, student activities, student organizations, discipline, diversity, intramural sports and the recreation center. He also serves as the campus’ Title IX Coordinator and joint administrator over athletics. He is a 1972 graduate of Mansfield University and holds a master’s degree from Shippensburg University (1975), both in Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1981.
Swanson Academic Center
Michael Selmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs, is the senior academic administrator at Alma College with oversight of all academic programs. He leads efforts to ensure the quality of the faculty and student body by providing leadership in matters related to instruction, faculty support and recognition, library, academic support services, the registrar’s office and Presidential Honors Program. Selmon received a bachelor of arts degree in religion and mathematics and a master of science degree in mathematics from Miami University before going on to earn M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English literature from the University of Maryland. His research centers in modern drama, including publications on playwrights like Caryl Churchill and Eugene O’Neill.