Lansing Community College

Dean of Technical Careers retires

By Marilyn Twine

Mark Cosgrove retires

LANSING, Mich. – Dean of Technical Careers Mark Cosgrove will retire Friday, May 29, 2020, after five years as dean.

Mark’s long history with LCC closes decades after he first connected with the college as a student in 1973. He went on to join the Army and spent four years in military service before returning to LCC to teach in the Aviation Program as an adjunct before becoming a full-time faculty member.

He returned to the Army retiring from his career there in 2008. Mark once again returned to LCC to serve as director of the Aviation Program before stepping into the role of dean of Technical Careers. “After I retired from the military I thought my days of being able to make a difference were over until I came back to LCC some 40 years after I graduated,” said Cosgrove. “I found that I was privileged to work with wonderful, dedicated people who were doing a great thing. Every day they were literally changing peoples’ lives.”

LCC President Brent Knight said, “Dean Cosgrove is a remarkable leader. He has made a considerable difference at Lansing Community College. Moreover, it has been a privilege to work with him.”

Mark always believed that everyone at LCC from faculty to staff to administrators plays a part in helping people achieve their goals. “People come here with different dreams and we help make those dreams come true,” said Cosgrove.

The leadership and guidance Mark Cosgrove provided has been instrumental in the success of the Aviation Maintenance Technology program,” said Mark Bathurst, current director of the program. “Mark’s vast military and civilian aviation experience provided the foundation for the program’s significant achievements over the years. Mark guided the program through the transition from the Lansing airport to the Mason airport, and his vision and the high standards he set for the program continues to guide its focus and direction today. The faculty, staff, students, and graduates all thank Mark for his tireless efforts and wish him great happiness in his retirement,” Bathurst concluded.

“It has been my honor to work with the great people at LCC who each day are focused on the success of others. They are good people doing great things and they are truly making a difference,” said Cosgrove. “I feel very privileged to have been a part of LCC and I give my best wishes to those who will continue the work. No matter what the challenges, I know you will keep moving forward.”

Congratulations Mark as you embark on the next chapter of your life. Your LCC family wishes you the very best and we will miss you.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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