Baltimore City Community College Names Dr. Gordon F. May as Next President
A Respected Leader, Strong Advocate for Higher Education and Workforce Development, Chosen Unanimously
by the Board of Trustees
BALTIMORE (Aug. 14, 2014) -- Baltimore City Community College's (BCCC) Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Gordon F. May, former President at Oakland Community College (OCC)-Auburn Hills Campus-in Michigan, has been named President of the College, effective Sept. 2. He will succeed Dr. Carolyn H. Anderson, after serving nearly two years as Interim President.
"I'm pleased to have Dr. May take the helm at Baltimore City Community College, bringing the type of experience necessary to build on the tremendous potential of this storied institution," said Governor O'Malley. "I'd also like to thank the Board of Trustees and Dr. Anderson for their service in leading operations and educational efforts at BCCC for the last two years. I look forward to supporting Dr. May as he continues the good work of providing more affordable educational opportunities for the residents of Baltimore City."
"In Baltimore City, we recognize the important role the Baltimore City Community College plays in fostering a healthy economy and promoting workforce development," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "I welcome new leadership and I look forward to a collaborative partnership with Dr. Gordon F. May as BCCC will be crucial in meeting the growing demand for an educated workforce. I know that access to quality education and a skilled workforce will truly determine our city's ability to grow by 10,000 families over the next decade."
In announcing the appointment of May, BCCC Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Owens Southall stated, "We are all extremely pleased to bring a top caliber institutional leader to BCCC. Dr. May has an excellent record of achievement in workforce development, partnerships, fundraising, educational leadership and policy. He is committed to focusing on raising graduation rates, increasing fundraising and building stronger relationships with businesses, nonprofits and government agencies to offer more opportunities to students."
The Board of Trustees chose May as the next BCCC President from a pool of 53 applicants. The 11-member committee, chaired by Trustee Pamela Paulk, included three trustees; the president of the Student Government Association; a college administrator; two members of the faculty, with one being the president of the Faculty Senate; a member from the Foundation Board; a member representing the College's Alumni Association; and two members from the business community.
The College community can be proud that this search attracted so many high quality candidates," said Southall. "I'm delighted with Dr. May's appointment and have full confidence that he will further institute the academic and administrative strength that BCCC and its students need. The Board viewed his strong academic background, significant leadership skills, teaching and fundraising experiences as an excellent fit with BCCC," she added.
May's employment history demonstrates his commitment and ability to lead. In his 27 years at Oakland Community College (11 of which he served as campus president), he led and navigated a five-year, $23 million Campus Facilities Master Plan to optimize operational efficiency, established partnerships that fueled the Accelerated Nursing Degree (RN), forged relationships with city officials and launched a Community Assembly to garner employee input on issues and decisions.
In his role at BCCC, he will serve as a change agent to bring both innovation and stability to the urban multi-site college and engage the community. His initial focus will be to ensure the college has a solid five-year strategic plan; and that effective systems and processes are in place to meet the requirements and expectations of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Student success and completion are the paramount goals. With that comes the need to garner community-wide support as well as the ability to generate enthusiasm for financial support and fundraising to advance the mission of the college and to serve the needs of students.
May began his career at OCC as business faculty adjunct in 1986. At various intervals from 1987 to 1999, he was Director and later Executive Director of the Pontiac Center. In the late 1990s, he was an Interim Dean at Auburn Hills and Highland Lakes, and served as Executive Director at Royal Oak/Southfield prior to his appointment to the Highland Lakes presidency.
May holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Indiana University; a Master of Education, an Educational Specialist Certificate, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Wayne State University. He has taught (part time) in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Programs at Wayne State University and Oakland University.
"My wife and I are very pleased that I have been chosen as the next President of Baltimore City Community College; we are looking forward to beginning this new adventure, building on the strong foundation already established by the extraordinary efforts of Interim President Anderson and the Board of Trustees," May said.
"I am eager to engage in local community events and believe that one of the major responsibilities of a college president is fostering strong relationships," said May. "An important part of my role is to actively represent the College throughout the city, the State of Maryland and nationally."
Dr. May will start in his term Sept. 2, 2014.
Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), located in Baltimore, Md., is a comprehensive two-year college committed to enriching the lives of the people it serves by offering educational opportunities that are affordable, accessible and relevant to the economic life of the city, state and region. BCCC is the only public community college within the city and serves over 18,000 credit and non-credit students at its Liberty campus and other learning sites.