New president for community college association

LANSING—Brandy Johnson has been named president of the Michigan Community College Association. Johnson, a respected policy leader in the state government and nonprofit sectors, will succeed Michael Hansen, who is retiring at the end of 2021.

“Brandy Johnson is a visionary leader with extensive policy and legislative experience, making her an ideal candidate to lead the Michigan Community College Association,” said Chris Bott, MCCA board chair and trustee at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. “Her experience in college access, workforce and education issues will be valuable assets to Michigan’s community colleges.”

Johnson is the founder and former executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. Since 2019, she has served in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration, first as the governor’s education policy advisor and most recently as a manager of the Office of Sixty By 30 within the Michigan DBrandy epartment of Labor and Economic Development. Johnson also was a policy fellow and college access coordinator under Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

“It is an honor to be chosen to represent Michigan’s community colleges, which are providing Michiganders with premier higher education and workforce development opportunities all across our state,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to work with the talented team at MCCA and advocate for Michigan’s 28 community colleges so that they may continue to help our communities thrive and students achieve prosperity.”

Johnson was also appointed by Gov. Whitmer to represent Michigan on the Midwest Higher Education Compact and served on Gov. Snyder’s 21st Century Education Commission. She has been recognized for her leadership and advocacy by the Michigan Association of School Administrators, National College Access Network, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, as well as by the Michigan College Access Network.

Johnson will begin at MCCA on Dec. 20, 2021. 

The MCCA is the advocacy and collaborative organization for Michigan’s 28 public community colleges. Learn more at

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