Dale K. Nesbary, Ph.D.


Dale K. Nesbary, Ph.D. was appointed the 10th President of Muskegon Community College in June 2009. 

Since then, the College has added over 30 academic, athletic, and co-curricular programs, opened a satellite facility in Grand Haven, MI, received approval for offering 100 percent of its curriculum online, launched a comprehensive student success and completion agenda, joined Achieving the Dream, and earned a full 10-year institutional reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

The College also renovated its Carr-Fles Planetarium and received planning and construction authorization from the State of Michigan for a $4.6 million science center. Most recently, the College received voter approval to issue $24 million in bonds to construct and renovate science, health, and arts program space on campus and to open a satellite facility in downtown Muskegon.

Prior to joining MCC, Dr. Nesbary served as Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs at Adrian College, while holding the rank of Professor of Political Science. He also served as Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Public Administration Program at Oakland University.

Additionally, he served as Research Director and Technical Services Director with the Boston Police Department, held the positions of Assistant and Program Evaluation Budget Director, and Director of Contract Management with the City of Boston. He also held administrative appointments with the National Conference of State Legislatures and with the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency.

Dr. Nesbary published three books and over 20 academic papers primarily in the areas of finance, technology and policing. His research expertise focuses on the application of technology in criminal justice and education institutions.

He completed his Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern University in Boston. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Anthropology from Michigan State University.

He serves as a member on local, state, and national boards, including Talent 2025, the Community Foundation for Muskegon CountyBlue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Employers Association of West Michigan, the American Council on Education Council of Fellows Executive Board, the Government Affairs Committee of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, and is a silver life member of the Muskegon Branch of the NAACP.

He resides in Muskegon, Michigan with his wife of 34 years, Connie. He is the proud father of two adult children, Nicole and Matthew. His interests include baking bread, making jams, and trombone playing.