Jolene Chapman named Associate Provost in Academic Affairs at OCC

Jolene J. Chapman has been named OCC’s associate provost, from academic dean of engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology (EMIT). In her new position, Chapman will oversee the implementation of strategic academic priorities designed to support teaching and learning.

“Dean Chapman has a demonstrated commitment to innovation and student success. In her new role as associate provost for academics, she will lead College-wide projects designed to enhance access and equity,” said OCC Provost Dr. Jennifer Berne. “I look forward to working with her as she leads crucial college initiatives.”


Chapman joined OCC in 2019 as academic dean, responsible for the College’s high-demand career education programs including automobile servicing and collision auto repair; industrial technology, robotics and technology sciences; computer-aided design and engineering (CAD); machine tool (CNC); HVAC and welding.

Previously, she was dean of career and technical education at Jackson College, Jackson, Mich. She also held a variety of faculty and administrative positions at Terra State Community College, Fremont, Ohio, including the dean of business, humanities and industrial technologies and the dean of business, communications and arts.

Chapman earned an associate of applied science degree at Terra Technical College before earning a bachelor of business administration from Tiffin University and a master of arts in education from The University of Findlay.


About OCC

Offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates, OCC is Michigan’s largest multi-campus community college and No. 1 transfer institution in the state. The College provides academic, career training and enriching experiences, designed to empower students to reach their potential and enhance our community. 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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