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
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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