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Four finalists in Macomb Community College presidential search referred to college’s board of trustees for interviews

– Monday, December 5, 2016 12:00AM

James F. Kelly, chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees, has announced that the committee has referred four candidates to be interviewed by the college’s board. This is the culmination of a national search that officially opened in September 2016 to identify a replacement for retiring Macomb Community College President James Jacobs. The 18-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee was comprised of representatives from the college’s board, employee groups and students, as well as community members in key industry sectors. The four finalists they have referred for the board’s consideration are:

  • David Bejou, Ph.D., dean, College of Business and Social Services, West Virginia State University (metropolitan Charleston area)
    Bejou has been in his current role since 2013 and has more than 20 years of executive and senior level administration experience in higher education. He developed a model for enrollment management, recruitment, retention, completion and graduation that has been adopted at five different universities, and he has experience working with legislators and governing boards in Texas, Virginia and West Virginia to secure funding to support academic programs, instructional support and student success.

  • Amy Lee Fugate, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs, Mott Community College (Flint, Mich.)
    Fugate has been with Mott since 2006 and has supervised a number of areas within the college beyond Academic Affairs, including off-campus sites, career and technical education, K-12 outreach, institutional research, information technology services, library, Mott Middle College, professional development & experiential learning and Mott’s University Center.  She serves on the boards of both professional and community organizations. Prior to joining Mott, she was professor of speech communication for 21 years and a dean of humanities and fine arts.

  • Utpal K. Goswami, Ph.D., president, Metropolitan Community College – Maple Woods (Kansas City, Missouri)
    Goswami has more than 33 years of higher education experience that is almost equally divided between classroom and administration at colleges and universities in Arizona, California, Missouri and Texas. He is experienced in advocating for community college funding, fostering shared governance, launching and completing capital projects, and revamping and integrating technology platforms. Goswami is actively involved in statewide and local community organizations related to education, community service and economic development.

  • James O. Sawyer IV, Ed.D., provost and senior vice president, Macomb Community College
    Sawyer has 14 years of experience at Macomb, previously serving as vice provost for Career Programs, and dean of Engineering and Advanced Technology.  As provost, he has been leading Macomb’s cultural transformation from a focus on student access to a focus on student success. His experience includes curriculum development, grant management, program reviews, technology and facility enhancements to improve learning, and partnership development.  Sawyer serves on a number of local community and professional organization boards.  He had 17 years of business experience in leadership positions in engineering, quality and operations prior to joining Macomb.

For more information on each of the candidates, go to

Candidate forums open to faculty, staff, students and community members will be conducted, and written comments from participants will be shared with the college’s board of trustees.  Forums open to the community will be held with each candidate on both campuses: South Campus location -- Room 324, John Lewis Center (K Building); Center Campus location -- Lecture Hall B, UC1, Macomb University Center. The schedule for these open forums is:

Dec. 12, Dr. Utpal Goswami: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., South Campus; 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Center Campus:

Dec. 13, Dr. Amy Fugate: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Center Campus; 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., South Campus

Dec. 14, Dr. James Sawyer: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., South Campus; 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Center Campus

Dec. 15, Dr. David Bejou: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Center Campus; 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., South Campus

The Macomb Community College Board of Trustees will interview each candidate in an open meeting at 7 p.m. on each of these days.  The South and Center campus locations are the same as that for the open meetings.  The board interviews of Goswami and Sawyer will take place at Center Campus, with Fugate and Bejou at South Campus.

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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