March 04, 2013
OCC Mourns Passing of President David L. Mathews

The President of Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills Campus, David L. Mathews, passed away on February 28, two months after his appointment.  Highland Lakes Campus President Gordon May will again step in to serve as interim Auburn Hills President, while retaining his responsibilities at Highland Lakes, until a replacement is selected.


“David Mathews’ passing is a profound loss, not only for his family, but the entire college community where he was highly respected,” said OCC Chancellor Tim Meyer.


Mathews leaves his wife, Carla, OCC’s Executive Director of Enrollment Management, children Katina (Ronald) Reason, John, Tameka Calhoun, Jerome Stepp, Jeren Stepp, Carla White, three grandchildren, and six siblings.


Chancellor Meyer named Mathews president of the Auburn Hills Campus on January 2, 2013.  Mathews joined OCC in 2002 as Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the Southfield Campus.  In 2012, he was named College-wide Dean of Business/Information Technology.  He also served as liaison to the Galileo Project, which encourages faculty members to take leadership roles in the introduction of innovative teaching techniques.


Before coming to OCC, Mathews was in the service (Vietnam era), 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 faculty member, teaching a variety of courses including statistics, economics and business.


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


Funeral services were held at the Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Funeral Home in Sterling Heights on March 4.  Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.


The Auburn Hills Campus, which enrolled 9,000 students this winter, 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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