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Macomb Community College president James Jacobs recognized with ACCT Central Region CEO Award

– Monday, August 15, 2016 12:00AM

National association announces recipients of its annual regional awards from which national winners will be announced in Oct.

President of Macomb Community College, James Jacobs, PhD, has been recognized by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) with their 2016 Central Region Chief Executive Officer Award.  As one of five recognized with a regional award, Jacobs will be under consideration for the national award in the CEO category.

Jacobs has had a nearly 50 year career with Macomb Community College and was appointed president in July 2008. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University and specializes in the areas of workforce skills and technology, economic development, worker retraining and community college workforce development.  He has announced he will retire at the conclusion of his current contract, July 2017.

“Dr. Jacobs has devoted his career to building on the vital role community colleges play in individual lives, in communities and in our nation,” said James F. Kelly, chair, Macomb Community College Board of Trustees.  “While he stepped into the presidency of Macomb Community College in the throes of the Great Recession, Dr. Jacobs was able to build on key education and training programs to help residents re-tool for the future while heightening the college’s role and influence locally and nationally.” 

ACCT’s regional awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by community colleges and their leaders to meeting the needs of their communities.  In addition to the CEO category, regional award winners were also announced recognizing outstanding trustees, faculty members, professional board staff members and equity programs.  The national awardee in each category will be announced during the Annual ACCT Awards Gala, Oct.7, in New Orleans, in conjunction with the 47th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress.

“Identifying and recognizing outstanding community college leaders is a highlight of our year,” said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown.  “The 2016 awardees are among the best we’ve seen, reflecting our colleges’ tireless commitment to helping students succeed.”

About ACCT

Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. ACCT’s purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical and junior colleges, and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state and national levels. For more information, visit

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 44,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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James Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College, has been recognized the Association of Community College Trustees with the 2016 Central Region CEO Award.