Rose Bellanca selected to become president of Washtenaw Community College in Michigan May 25, 2011
The newest candidate to join the field of educators under consideration to lead Washtenaw Community Community was chosen Wednesday as the school's next president.

Rose Bellanca, provost and COO of Northwood University's Florida campus since fall 2008, has received a verbal offer, said Pam Horiszny, chairwoman of the college's Board of Trustees.

The offer "is contingent on potential site visits and the negotiation of an acceptable contract," according to a release. "Once details are finalized, she is expected to begin September 1, 2011."

President Larry Whitworth announced in September that he planned to retire.

He'll remain on the job until August, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Bellanca has been with Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla., since 2008. The university also has a campus in Midland.

Bellanca has ties to Michigan: Her resume also includes time as president of St. Clair County Community College and as provost and chief academic officer of Macomb Community College. She also taught in a doctoral program at Wayne State University.
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