• A Message from the Board of Trustees

    From: Dr. Mary Elizabeth Owens Southall, Chair

    On behalf of the Baltimore City Community College Board of Trustees, I take great satisfaction in announcing the selection of Dr. Gordon F. May as president of Baltimore City Community College, effective September 2, 2014.

    Our goal throughout a nationwide search was to identify a candidate who, as a collaborative leader, would bring stability and innovation while engaging with and earning the full support of the community-at-large. We were looking for a person not only committed to the mission of BCCC, but also uniquely qualified to lead this vital urban institution in meeting the ever-changing demands of a competitive workforce environment. The Board of Trustees is fully confident that we have found that person in Dr. May.

    As a respected leader and strong advocate for higher education and workforce development, Dr.May demonstrates an enduring commitment to students and the advancement of higher education. 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 encourage 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 to generate enthusiasm for financial support and fundraising to advance the mission of the College and to serve the needs of students.


    A man of strong conviction, Dr. May brings rich experience and a proven track record as a competent, seasoned administrator, academic leader and strong community advocate, all qualities that bode well for the future of BCCC.

    Dr. May holds a Bachelor of Science degree 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. Dr. May and his wife, Patricia Shipp May, an educational counselor, are the parents of two adult daughters.

    The Board of Trustees looks forward to working with Dr. May. We are confident that faculty and staff as well as students, alumni, and parents and stakeholders will share our enthusiasm and welcome Dr. May to Baltimore City Community College and our community.