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August 19, 2002
OCC Board Names Gordon May President of Highland Lakes Campus
The Oakland Community College Board of Trustees appointed Gordon F. May president of the Highland Lakes Campus at its regular business meeting of Monday, August 19.† Mr. May assumes his new post on September 1.† He succeeds Dr. George F. Keith who was named OCCís vice chancellor of academic and student services in June.
Mr. May, 52, began his association with OCC as an adjunct business instructor in 1986.† In 1987 he was appointed director of the newly-established Pontiac Center, where he directed daily operations and served as liaison between the college and various business, education, and community-based organizations.
In 1997 and 1998 Mr. May served stints as interim dean of academic and student services at the Highland Lakes and Auburn Hills campuses, returning to the Pontiac Center in 1998 as executive director.† From September, 1998 to December, 1999 he was interim president of the Auburn Hills Campus.
††††† Following a sabbatical leave to pursue doctoral studies Mr. May was appointed executive director of the Royal Oak/Southfield campuses in July, 2000.
††††† Mr. May holds a bachelorís of science degree in business management from Indiana University, and both a masterís in education, and an educational specialist certificate from Wayne State University.† He expects to receive his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from WSU within a year.
††††† Mr. May has received many honors from civic, educational and professional organizations, including the Outstanding Citizen Award from the North Oakland Creative Arts Center (2001); the Partnership of the Year Award from the Pontiac Schools PTA Council (1999); the United Way of Oakland Countyís Ten-Year Volunteer Service Award (1998) and the James Madison Junior High School Partner Award (1996).
He has held office or served on the boards of numerous community organizations, including Healthy People Healthy Oakland, Lighthouse of Oakland County, the Pontiac Urban League, the Oakland Literacy Council, and the Indiana University Alumni Association of Southeastern Michigan.
Mr. May, and his wife, Patricia, are the parents of two daughters, Amira, 18, and Carissa, 16.† The family resides in Rochester Hills.