Article by Lindsay Hillstrom, News Editor
After a successful four-year tenure, Dr. Kevin Quinn announced over winter break that he would not be returning as president of Aquinas College in 2022. Dr. Stephen Germic steps into Dr. Quinn’s place as interim president, in addition to serving in his current position as provost.
As a Michigan native, Dr. Germic was excited to be offered a position at Aquinas College. He previously served as provost and academic vice president at Rocky Mountain College in Montana. Dr. Germic holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Albion College, as well as a doctorate in American Literature from Wayne State University with a specialization in nineteenth-century American literature.
As the new interim president, Dr. Germic hopes to facilitate an easy transition between the former administration and the new one on the horizon.
“My goal is to be the best possible steward of the College’s resources, including human resources, during this interim period so that the next president inherits conditions that will ensure success,” said Germic. “My vision, speaking principally as the Provost, is for Aquinas College to become a school of national reputation for the quality of the academic experience. We have tremendous faculty and staff here to help us grow and build a truly distinctive academic program. I believe we can achieve that distinction in several years as we continue the work of developing best practices for student learning and success.”
As the spring 2022 semester commences, the Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee are evaluating candidates to become the ninth president of Aquinas College. Current students, staff, faculty, and alumni are also involved in the selection process. In the meantime, Dr. Germic intends to keep Aquinas moving forward.
“My priority is to work with my colleagues, the faculty, the staff, and student leadership to help maintain and further build culture and processes that will position us to attend to our current urgencies, including the continued pandemic, so we can provide the best possible student experience now and long into the future,” said Germic.