Joseph L. Petrosky named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs

Joseph L. PetroskyOAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan — Joseph L. Petrosky brings an extensive background in education and manufacturing to his new assignment as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Oakland Community College, starting Jan. 22. In his new role, Petrosky’s responsibilities include engineering, manufacturing and technology; business administration; information technology; and workforce development.

Petrosky joins OCC from Macomb Community College, where he has been dean of engineering and advanced technology since April 2008. In this role, Petrosky was responsible for Macomb’s programs in automotive, advanced manufacturing, welding, product design, facilities design and construction, electronics, mechatronics, renewable energy, and media and communication arts. He oversaw 30 full-time faculty members and more than 100 adjunct and contract instructors while managing annual budgets of more than $10 million. Petrosky was also associate dean of applied technology and automotive and technical education and director of applied technology and apprenticeship.

"I look forward to joining the team at Oakland Community College and serving our students and the community by enhancing collaboration with business and education partners and further aligning our career academic and workforce programs to meet and exceed the requirements for in-demand jobs," Petrosky said.

Before joining Macomb Community College, Petrosky was director of government and public affairs at Focus: HOPE, a promotion from general manager of the nonprofit’s Center for Advanced Technologies. He also worked in the private sector as a project engineer and marketing associate in the AC Rochester division of General Motors, now known as Delphi Corp.

“The challenges and opportunities of Michigan’s community colleges have never been greater. I continue my dedication to embracing these opportunities and collaboratively working to overcome the challenges for the good of the community. In addition, we would love to hear from employers, because that’s a key resource for us, and that’s what the community colleges are here for,” Petrosky added.

Petrosky graduated with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and has an MBA from the University of Michigan. He also was a graduate of the 2006-07 class of Leadership Macomb and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

About OCC

With multi campus system in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s No. 1 transfer institution, offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their potential and enhance their communities. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. A seven-person Board of Trustees governs OCC. Board members are elected on a non-partisan, at-large basis, serve as volunteers and are not paid. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at


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