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Macomb Community College Board of Trustees announces the selection of James O. Sawyer IV, Ed.D., as the college’s next president

– Tuesday, December 20, 2016 12:00AM

On behalf of the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees, James F. Kelly, chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and chair of the college’s board, has announced selection of James O. Sawyer IV, Ed.D., as Macomb’s president designate.  The appointment is pending negotiation and approval of an employment contract by the board of trustees. 

“Even with a competitive and qualified candidate pool, Dr. Sawyer was clearly the best choice.” said Kelly.  “His long-standing experience with the college and community, as well as his solid background in business, will ensure a smooth transition with a knowledgeable leader ready to fully leverage Macomb’s strengths while effectively guiding the institution into the future.”

Sawyer has 14 years of experience at Macomb, previously serving as vice provost for Career Programs and dean of Engineering and Advanced Technology, as well as 17 years of business experience in leadership positions in engineering, quality and operations prior to joining the college. As provost, he has been leading Macomb’s cultural transformation from focus on student access to focus on student success.  Sawyer earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University, and master’s in administration and doctorate in educational leadership from Central Michigan University. More detailed biographical information is available at

The selection of Sawyer  as the college’s sixth president 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.  An 18-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee, appointed by the college’s board and comprised of representatives from the board, employee groups, students andcommunity members from key industry sectors, reviewed applicants in the initial stage of the process, referring four finalists for the consideration of the full board of trustees.

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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