Meet Oakland Community College's Chancellor
Peter Provenzano, Jr.


Peter M. Provenzano Jr.

Peter M. Provenzano Jr., is the ninth chancellor of Oakland Community College beginning January 1, 2018.

Since joining Oakland Community College, Chancellor Provenzano has led several major initiatives, including refreshing the strategic plan, expanding global partnerships, launching the college’s first comprehensive brand campaign "Excellence Empowered," investing in campus infrastructure, and building relationships through a collaborative servant leadership style and mission-driven focus on student success and the community.

Career Highlights

  • Chancellor, Oakland Community College
  • Interim Chancellor, Oakland Community College
  • Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, Oakland Community College
  • Finance Director and CFO, County of Macomb
  • Assistant City Manager/Controller and CFO, City of Roseville
  • Controller, Parish Publications
  • Auditor, Plante & Moran, LLP

Accomplishments at OCC

  • Increased transfer agreements with 4-year colleges and universities
  • Facilitated implementation of innovative model of board policy governance
  • Initiated the Global Literacy Endorsement to increase students' global skills
  • Launched college's first comprehensive brand campaign-- "Excellence Empowered"
  • Led initiative to collaborate with higher education institutions resulting in never before seen co-branding campaigns
  • Refreshed strategic plan incorporating college-wide input
  • Partnered with Walsh College, Wayne State University, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC), Consuls General, and Farmington Public Schools PREP Adult Transition Program at the Orchard Ridge Campus to increase student opportunities
  • Created 5-year budget, financial forecast and progressive Fund Reserve Policy addressing declining enrollment and adequate financial reserves
  • Originated 10-year capital plan concentrating on the institutional infrastructure supporting the college's academic master plan
  • Spearheaded issuance of award-winning Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR); one of only two community colleges in Michigan to offer this level of fiscal reporting and financial transparency

Professional affiliations

  • Member, Association of Community College Trustees
  • Member, Association of Governing Board of Universities and Colleges
  • Member, American Council on Education
  • Member, Michigan Community College Association
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants

education & credentials

  • MS in Public Administration, Central Michigan University
  • BS in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, Wayne State University
  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Michigan
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Community & professional Leadership

  • Board Member, Automation Alley
  • Board Member, Detroit Economic Club
  • Board Member, Medical Main Street
  • Board Member, Macomb Township Fire Retirement System
  • Board Member, Chippewa Valley Schools Education Foundation