Meet Oakland Community College's Chancellor

Peter Provenzano, Jr.


Peter Provenzano, Jr.

Upon unanimous vote of the Oakland Community College Board of Trustees, Mr. Provenzano was named Chancellor, effective January 1, 2018. He assumed presiding responsibilities for the College as Interim Chancellor in May 2017, including leadership of its key initiatives focused on student success and community need. With nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, Mr. Provenzano is known for his collaborative leadership style and mission-driven focus on student success and community benefit.

Mr. Provenzano joined Oakland Community College in 2014 as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services and a key member of the College’s executive leadership team. As the College’s chief financial officer, he strived to maintain fiscal integrity during a period of declining revenues and successfully represented the College in select real estate transactions, related legal matters, and financial contract negotiations.

Skilled at managing financial and cultural turnarounds, Mr. Provenzano believes in involving others in decision-making and executing creative methods to improve service efficiency to create a thriving organization. He has managed budgets up to $640 million with 200 accounting entity funds. Identified as a servant leader, Mr. Provenzano was awarded Crain’s Detroit Business Government CFO of the Year in 2012.

Career Highlights

  • Chancellor, Oakland Community College
  • Interim Chancellor, Oakland Community College
  • Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, Oakland Community College
  • Finance Director and Interim Information Technology Director, County of Macomb
  • Assistant City Manager/Controller and CFO, City of Roseville
  • Chief Financial Officer/Controller, Parish Publications
  • In-Charge Auditor, Plante & Moran, LLP

Accomplishments at OCC

  • Launched pilot program to lease space through July 31, 2018, on the Orchard Ridge campus to Wayne State University, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC), Counsel Generals and Farmington Public Schools PREP Adult Transition Program
  • Created five-year budget, financial forecast and progressive Fund Reserve Policy addressing declining enrollment and adequate financial reserves
  • Created five-year capital plan addressing the institutional infrastructure
  • 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
  • Launched collaborative "innovation program," which realized more than $16 million in savings and improvements

Professional affiliations

  • Member (National and Regional), National Association of College and University Business Officers, Central Association of College and University Business Officers
  • Member (National and State), Community College Business Officers, Michigan Community College Business Officers Association
  • 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 (National and State), American Institute for Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member (National and State), Government Finance Officers Association, Michigan Government Finance Officers Association

education & credentials

  • MS in 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

  • Vice President, Membership, Financial Executives International
  • 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
  • Board Member, Global Ties Detroit