Michell-Nunn Joins College Board of Trustees

Schelley Michell-Nunn

Schelley Michell-Nunn of Ithaca is the newest member of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees. Michell-Nunn was appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature to fill the seat vacated by Chad Coates, who resigned his seat on the board when he left the area for a new job. Michell-Nunn’s appointment runs through June 30, 2021.

Michell-Nunn is the Director of Human Resources for the City of Ithaca, a position she has held for more than two decades. Prior to working for the City of Ithaca, she worked spent eight years with Corning Incorporated and eight years at Cornell University. She also has become very familiar with Tompkins Cortland. “All three of my children took classes at TC3 and were able to transfer their credits as they worked towards their baccalaureate degrees,” said Michell-Nunn. She also noted that in her capacity with the City of Ithaca she has worked with Biz, the College’s Workforce Development unit, on providing valuable training to the City workforce for years. “I have had great experiences with the College. I’m looking forward to serving on this board.” 

Michell-Nunn serves on several local boards and community organizations, and has a particular interest in public service and advocacy for the underserved. “I have successfully advocated for equal access for marginalized communities, specifically around education and employment,” said Michell-Nunn, noting that she is inspired by the new leadership at the College. “I have always acknowledged the importance of our community college's affordable and quality education. As a middle-class parent, I know that access to community college is a key to college affordability.”

Michell-Nunn did her undergraduate work at Ithaca College, earning a bachelor of science (B.S.) in business with a minor in Spanish. She earned a master of in industrial and labor relations (MILR) from Cornell University. 

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees consists of 10 members, including a student trustee elected by the student body. The governor appoints four trustees, two each from Tompkins and Cortland Counties; the Cortland County Legislature appoints two; and the Tompkins County Legislature appoints three.