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Shannon to step down
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By: Richard Crofton
October 30, 2013
After 12 years on the job, Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools Office Director Patrick Shannon is hanging it up and pursuing other interests.

“He has decided he is going to move on,” said spokesperson Tom Shields. “It was his choice. He said when he took the job he would stay for 10 years. He has lasted for 12.”

Shannon will finish his tenure at the end of December.

He has been a great spokesperson,” Shields said. “The college will have to make a choice on what to do with the position. … They will be considering all options.”

Shannon has worked for the Bay Mills Indian Community since August 1980. He served as the director of the charter school office since 2003 where it authorized schools to assure a quality education for historically underrepresented children in Michigan.

BMCC CSO adopted the Lean Thinking management approach to provide its academy boards with the necessary tools and support to make decisions in the best interest of the children at their academy.

Throughout his tenure as the director of the Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools Office, Patrick Shannon has been the driving force behind establishing one of the best charter authorizing offices in Michigan, and the first and only minority run charter authorizer in the United States,” said Michael C. Parish, president of Bay Mills Community College. “His leadership, vision and tireless efforts will be greatly missed at Bay Mills, and we wish him all the best as he takes the next step in his career.”

Shield said Bay Mills is the second largest authorizer in the state when it comes to charter school. Central Michigan University is first.

BMCSCO is committed to providing a quality education for urban, minority, and poor children by using innovative oversight methods to ensure students attending its academies are prepared to be career and college ready. Bay Mills authorizes 41 academies across Michigan providing a quality education for approximately 21,000 students.

Pat has done a nice job for us,” Shields added.
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