January 04, 2013
David L. Mathews Named President of OCC’s Auburn Hills Campus

David L. Mathews, 63, has been named President of the Oakland Community College (OCC) Auburn Hills Campus by Chancellor Tim Meyer.  The appointment took effect January 2.

 

Mathews joined Oakland Community College in 2002 as Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the Southfield Campus.  He was named college-wide Academic Dean of Business/Information Technology in August 2012.  He also serves as an adjunct economics faculty member and as liaison to the highly-respected Galileo Project, which encourages faculty members to take leadership roles in introducing innovative teaching techniques.

 

Before coming to OCC Mathews served in Vietnam, then spent 13 years at Marygrove College where he occupied a variety of positions including Associate Director of Admissions, grant writer, Title IV Program Administrator and as a faculty member teaching such subjects as statistics, economics and business.

 

Praising the work of the college committee that selected Mathews, Chancellor Meyer noted that the group “came together with a commitment to provide OCC with the best leadership.  In view of David Mathews’ background, reputation and service I feel they have done an outstanding job.”

 

Mathews earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business (double major) from Marygrove College, and holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan.

 

Married to OCC’s Executive Director of Enrollment Management, Carla Mathews, the couple has six adult children.  They reside in Clinton Township.

 

The Auburn Hills Campus, which enrolled more than 9,000 students last fall, is the largest of OCC’s campuses.  Known for its wide array of advanced technical offerings such as computer-aided design and robotics, Auburn Hills is home to the Oakland Police Academy, Fire Academy and Emergency Medical Technician program, as well as the 22-acre Combined Regional Emergency Services Training (CREST) facility, which trains first-responder personnel from throughout the region.

 

With five campuses located throughout Oakland County, OCC is the largest of Michigan’s 28 community colleges and the 23rd largest in the nation. OCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields including university transfer and general studies degrees.

 

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