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Macomb Community College president, James Jacobs, receives Leadership Award

– Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:00AM

James Jacobs, Ph.D., President, Macomb Community College received the “Leadership Award” from Leadership Macomb at the Class XVII commencement on Wednesday, June 4th, at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. The award is presented annually to a Macomb County leader that exhibits exemplary leadership skills, is a visionary, is involved in the growth and sustainability of Macomb County and assists Leadership Macomb in fulfilling its mission.    Prior awardees include Barbara Rossmann, CEO of Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, John A. Nitz, President of O’Reilly Rancilio, P.C., and Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano.

Jacobs has more than 40 years experience at Macomb Community College and has served as president since 2008. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton and currently serves on the Governor’s Talent Investment Board and a number of local boards including the Center for Automotive Research, Metropolitan Affairs Council and the Detroit Institute of Arts.  He is widely known for the Macomb County Economic Forecast, presented annually for 30 years for the coalition of county’s chambers of commerce.  Jacobs has presented at numerous Leadership Macomb sessions over the past several years on various topics including education, the economy and leadership.  

Leadership Macomb is a non-profit organization whose 10 month program brings together leaders from numerous institutions, disciplines and geographic areas to strengthen their leadership skills, develop long term business relationships and obtain in-depth information about Macomb County.  Since 1996, 640 individuals representing 150 organizations have participated in the LM program.  This year’s graduating class, LM XVII was the largest ever, consisting of 53 individuals.

If you would like more information, or to learn how you can apply to our next Leadership Macomb class XVIII, please call 586.954.2788 or email

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