DEARBORN — Henry Ford Community College President Gail Mee announced that she will leave HFCC to pursue other opportunities at a meeting of the Board of Trustees May 21. Mee has agreed to remain in her position until a new president is appointed.
Mee joined HFCC as president in July 2006. She is the fourth president of the college and the first woman to serve in that role.
During her tenure, enrollment at HFCC increased more than 45 percent, from 13,000 to 19,000 students each semester.
As president, Mee led significant capital projects including the creation of a new School of Nursing, a new Enrollment Services Center, and major improvements to roads, parking lots, and landscaping on the main campus.
Mee also secured state funding for a new Science Center, which is scheduled to open in the fall. Her leadership also led to the development of new programs in Biotechnology, Alternative Energy, and Arab Cultural Studies.
She also collaborated with Henry Ford Hospital and Dearborn Public Schools to create the Henry Ford Early College, a five-year program that allows students to earn both a high school diploma from the Dearborn Public Schools and an associate’s degree in health care from Henry Ford Community College.
Since arriving at HFCC, Mee’s priority has been student success. Under her leadership the college earned selection to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national initiative designed to advance student retention and success in community colleges. HFCC students recently awarded her an honorary lifetime membership in the National Society of Leadership and Success for her “continued dedication to students and leadership at the college.”
Mee has received many other awards during her tenure at the college, including the 2012 Gene L. Brazell Community Role Model Award from HFCC, the 2009 AAPAC Public Service Award, and the 2008 YWCA Women of Achievement Business Leadership Award. Most recently, she received the 2012 Idalynn Karre International Exemplary Leader Award from the International Leadership Academy for Community Colleges.
Mee is active in the community, serving on numerous boards including Henry Ford Hospital, the Engineering Society of Detroit, Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, Dearborn Symphony, the Community Advisory Board for the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Michigan Education Trust. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of Presidents of the Association of Community College Trustees.
Mee said she has been extremely fortunate to serve at HFCC.
“It is a pleasure to work for a board that is committed to the college and our students, and an honor to work alongside a dedicated faculty and staff,” Mee said.
“The college is privileged to have the overwhelming support of the community. I am pleased to have played a role in the life of the college and the Dearborn community.”