Dale K. Nesbary, Ph.D. is a higher education consultant in the technology and strategic planning space, serving as a member of the CampusWorks Executive Advisory Board and as member and Immediate Past Chair for the Trinity Health Michigan Regional Board.
He recently retired after 13 years as President of Muskegon Community College. During his service, the College secured over $50 million in funding to support the most ambitious upgrade of its facilities in 50 years. Moreover, MCC was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College (2015), and best community college in Michigan by both BestColleges.com (2017) and Intellegent.com (2021) based upon standard student success and related metrics. The College boasts two performance groups, West Michigan Concert Winds and the MCC Collegiate Singers, having recently performed in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.
Prior to MCC, Dr. Nesbary served as Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs at Adrian College and 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, as well as leadership positions with City of Boston central administration. He was a Principal Staff Associate with the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver, Colorado and Fiscal Analyst with the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency.
Dr. Nesbary has published three books and over 30 academic papers primarily in the areas of finance, technology and policing and has keynoted state and national conferences on a variety of topics. He completed his Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern University in Boston, a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.
He recently chaired the Michigan Community College Association Board of Directors and President’s Committee, notably during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has served on numerous national, state, and local boards including the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) National Board, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Commission, the President’s Roundtable, the Michigan Education Trust, and the American Council of Education (ACE) Fellows Executive Board among others. He remains a Silver Life member of the NAACP.
He resides in Newburg, Maryland with his wife of 43 years, Connie. He is the proud father of two adult children, Nicole and Matthew. His interests include baking bread, making jams, and gigging on the T-Bone.