GORDON F. MAY, PhD
Gordon F. May began his career in higher education in 1986. During the latter part of his 15-year transportation management career, he taught Principles of Business Management at the Oakland Community College (OCC) Auburn Hills Campus. In 1987, he became the initial Director of the new OCC Pontiac Center. Following interim assignments as Dean of Academic and Student Services at the Highland Lakes and Auburn Hills Campuses, he returned to downtown Pontiac as Executive Director in 1997. He also served for 2 years (1996-1998) as Governmental Relations Liaison for Oakland Community College. From September, 1998, through December, 1999, Dr. May served as Interim President of the Auburn Hills Campus. In July, 2000, after a sabbatical leave to pursue doctoral studies, he was named Executive Director of the Royal Oak/Southfield Campuses. On September 1, 2002, he was appointed to the Highland Lakes Campus presidency. During November and December, 2012, he concurrently served as Interim President of the Auburn Hills Campus. On July 1, 2013, he was appointed to the Auburn Hills Campus presidency. Dr. May separated from Oakland Community College on December 31, 2013.
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.
Very active in the community, Dr. May has received several honors from civic, educational and professional organizations, including the Educator of the Year Award from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club of Pontiac (2006); Outstanding Citizen Award from the North Oakland Creative Arts Center (2001); the Partnership of the Year Award from the Pontiac Schools PTA Council (1999); the James Madison Junior High School Partnership Award (1996); and the Clinton Valley Boy Scouts Pontiac Achiever Award (1995). He and his wife, Pat, are new members of Empowerment Church in Southfield, MI.
Dr. May currently serves, or has held office, on the boards of numerous community organizations, including the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce; Walton Charter Academy; Huron Valley Promise; Lighthouse of Oakland County; Healthy People Healthy Oakland; Pontiac Area Urban League; Oakland Literacy Council; Indiana University Alumni Association of Southeastern Michigan, and the Neal-Marshall Black Alumni Association of Indiana University.
Dr. May and his wife, Pat (an educational counselor at OCC - Auburn Hills Campus), are the parents of two adult daughters. Amira is a dentist, having graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and Carissa, a graduate of the University of Southern California, is in her fourth and final year at Indiana University School of Medicine.