Dr. Nerita Hughes picked as next Bay College president
ESCANABA — Dr. Nerita Hughes has been selected as the next president of Bay de Noc Community College.
Dr. Nerita is the interim associate vice president of academic affairs and workforce innovation at North Hennepin Community College. In addition, she is the president/chief executive officer of JG Consulting, LLC which she has a variety of expertise which ranges from public and private sector to higher education. She displays exceptional leadership, organizational development, time management skills, enhanced knowledge of implementing and identifying training needs, and succession planning.
She holds a bachelor of science from National American University, a masters of business administration, and a doctorate of education in leadership both of which are from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
She has acquired knowledge in the areas of training and staff development, leadership development, racial equity, and other multi-faceted activities in the business and governmental realm. She has a special interest in strengths-based development, cultural competency development, intercultural development inventory (IDI) qualifying administrator and entrepreneurship, where she assists individuals with leveraging and maximizing their innate talents in order to develop their strengths. She is a former adjunct instructor for the human resources program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and business and careers programs for Minnesota State which allows her to demonstrate and teach racial equity with education. In addition, within her roles she has been instrumental in working with public and private sector leadership teams in order to embed and develop racial equity practices for the constituents they serve.
She currently serves on the board of directors for and serve as a member of: Hennepin-Carver Workforce Innovation Board (board member-postsecondary representative), AchieveMpls (board member), African-American Leadership Forum (co-chair),Governor’s Workforce Development Board (board member-Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) representative), Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (board member), Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage (council chair), ConnextMSP Coalition (partner network member), Center for Economic Inclusion (policy committee-chair), Northside Job Creation Team (workforce development co-chair), National Forum for Black Public Administrators- Minneapolis Metropolitan Area Chapter (former board vice president),University of Minnesota, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program (Board member), Kingdom Life (Leadership Team), North Hennepin Community College (College Leadership Team, Strategic Direction Task Team-Community Partnership), Academic Affairs Council (chair), All Learning Counts (member), and Academic and Student Affairs Coordinating Commission (member).
Lastly, she is a 2015 James P. Shannon Leadership Institute Fellow, 2019 Lakin Fellow, 2019 Young American Leaders Program (YALP) cohort, 2022 AACC Future Presidents Institute Fellow and continues to serve on other informal community networks that have an economic/workforce development component or an education attainment focus. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.