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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 the college’s provost and senior vice president for the Learning Unit.

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.  Sawyer joined Macomb Community College in 2002 as dean of Engineering and Advanced Technology, and then served as vice provost for Career Programs before being named provost. 

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 the Detroit Zoological Society, Ascension Southeast Michigan Hospital, Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development, Leadership Macomb, Macomb Robotics Collaborative and Advancing Macomb.