OCC names Auburn Hills campus president

OCC welcomes Dr. Timothy L. Taylor as the new Auburn Hills Campus president effective July 1, 2014. Taylor joins OCC from Frontier Community College- Fairfield, Ill., where he was president since 2008.

“Dr. Taylor’s expertise in developing and administering technical and career programs as well as his leadership skills are a great fit for OCC,” said Oakland Community College Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “A search committee made up of faculty, staff, and administrators unanimously supported his selection based on his exemplary qualifications. We are thrilled to welcome him to the OCC family.”

Frontier Community College is one of four community colleges in the Illinois Eastern Community College District, which had an annual enrollment of 31,188 in 2013 and has four member colleges: Frontier Community College, Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central College, and Wabash Valley College. Frontier Community College is the largest of the four colleges with an annual enrollment of 8,222 in 2013.

“It is an honor and a great privilege to be selected as the next President of OCC’s Auburn Hills Campus, which has a national reputation for academic excellence and student success,” Taylor said. “I am extremely excited about this opportunity.”

Taylor earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a Master’s in Vocational Education and Bachelor’s in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., and has two Associate degrees from Danville Area Community College in Danville, Ill.

Previously, he was Dean of Business and Technology programs at Richland Community College in Decatur, Ill., and Associate Dean of Industrial Occupations, Agriculture and Apprenticeship at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville/Beloit, Wis.

“OCC is experiencing tremendous positive momentum as a result of the dedicated and focused leadership of Dr. Meyer and the Board of Trustees,” Taylor added. “I recognized immediately that OCC and I share similar priorities, including a relentless focus on student success, academic quality, and an engaged faculty and staff. I am looking forward to working closely with faculty, staff, students, and the Oakland County community as we continue our pursuit of building a world class College.”

Taylor brings expertise in strategic and long-term planning, academic master plan work and meeting student and community needs. At Frontier, he was instrumental in developing degree programs in Construction Technology, Fire Science, Health Informatics, Information Systems Support Technician and Paramedicine. Dr. Taylor served on the district’s Higher Learning Commission on Open Pathways Demonstration Project steering team and led Frontier’s college-wide restructuring process.

With five campuses throughout Oakland County OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. OCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. Three quarters of a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965.