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Biography

James O. Sawyer IV, Ed.D.
President, Macomb Community College

Jim Sawyer is Macomb Community College’s sixth president and took office on July 1, 2017.  Prior to his appointment, he was college’s provost and senior vice president for the Learning Unit, and had 15 years of experience at Macomb.

As provost, Sawyer led Macomb’s cultural transformation from focus on student access to focus on student success. He has also been the principal investigator on two successful National Science Foundation Grants, and has led a number of academic program modifications and student success initiatives.  His previous positions at Macomb were as vice provost for Career Programs and as dean of Engineering and Advanced Technology.

Prior to joining Macomb, Sawyer spent 17 years in business and industry, with leadership positions in engineering, quality and operations at Chrysler, Dana, Ancor and New Haven Foundry.  He is an American Society for Quality Certified Quality Engineer.

Sawyer earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University, and a master of science in administration and a doctor of education in educational leadership from Central Michigan University.

Sawyer serves on a number of boards, including St. John Providence Hospital, Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development, Leadership Macomb, Advancing Macomb, Michigan Design Council and the American Society of Body Engineers Foundation.