The former chancellor of Oakland Community College (OCC) will serve as Oakland County’s top economic development official beginning March 5. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed Dr. Timothy R. Meyer as deputy county executive for the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. Patterson selected Meyer because of his invaluable experience preparing an educated and talented workforce for the 21st Century.
“Because of the continuing low unemployment rate in Oakland County, we face the challenge of maintaining a well-qualified workforce that has the education and skills for 21st Century jobs,” Patterson said. “While serving as chancellor of OCC, Tim worked closely with Oakland County’s economic development staff to create curricula and programs that fed graduates into the high tech jobs available at our Emerging Sectors companies.”
Patterson launched Oakland County’s Emerging Sectors initiative in 2004 to identify the top 10 growth sectors of the knowledge-based economy and attract companies in those sectors. Since inception, Emerging Sectors has had over 470 successes investing more than $4.6 billion creating 48,000 jobs and retaining 33,300. Meyer said he’s looking forward to the challenge of continuing to support the talent pipeline for Oakland County businesses.
“In my role as OCC chancellor, I developed a vision for ensuring today’s graduates have training and skills that are aligned with the requirements of 21st Century jobs,” Meyer said. “I’m grateful to Brooks for the opportunity to incorporate my experience into an already successful program at the county.”
Meyer was the longest-serving chancellor at OCC from January of 2008 to May of 2017. As the chief executive of Michigan’s largest community college, he developed an innovative strategic plan focused on student success; provided fiscally-sound leadership by initiating a three-year budget process; initiated a $25 million expansion of the Southfield Campus medical training facilities; launched the innovative Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program, an advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program with the state; and much more. Prior to OCC, he was president of Sault College in Sault St. Marie, Ont.
Meyer is the founding chair for the Pontiac Promise Zone Authority Board which underwrites tuition for students who graduate from Pontiac Schools and go to college. He also is a board member for Oakland Family Services whose mission is to provide individuals and families the opportunity to build brighter futures.
Meyer has a Ph.D. from the University of Florida, a master’s degree from North Dakota State University, a master of business administration degree from Lake Superior University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Oakland County with his wife and three adult children.