|HONORS & AWARDS|
Anticipating a major turnover in faculty and administrative leadership roles as the College headed into its fourth decade, Richard Degus coordinated efforts to establish a progressive two-year program that would prepare current employees for future leadership and management opportunities.
Degus, executive assistant to the president and recipient of the President’s Award for his role in many campus projects, has been encouraged by the dedication of the program’s members. “They appear to be very ambitious, very self-driven, very energetic and very interested in improving their skills and making a significant contribution to the College,” he says. “That makes me confident about the future of the College and the potential leadership that exists here to carry on with its mission.”
Degus has worked at MCC in various roles since 1968. He has held his current position since 1995. Over the years Degus has been involved in the planning of the College’s major additions, including the Damon City Campus, the first two residence halls on the Brighton campus, the Wolk Center for Excellence in Nursing and the PAC Center. He also played a key role in developing the college’s first strategic plan, as well as those that have followed.
Over his professional career, he has served as a consultant on strategic planning and facilities design, primarily to community colleges. He recently assisted Strong Hospital’s Ronald McDonald House Charities in developing its revised strategic plan.
Degus says he has enjoyed his time at MCC because of its people, its product – quality education – and its commitment to diversity.
Married for 43 years, he has two children, four grandchildren, plays golf and is looking forward to a new hobby – lots of reading – once he retires this fall
The President’s Award is given annually to honor an employee who has consistently given service to MCC beyond the call of duty.