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James Jacobs

President, Macomb Community College

James Jacobs Photo 2011James Jacobs assumed the presidency of Macomb Community College on July 1, 2008. Prior to his appointment, he concurrently served as director for the Center for Workforce Development and Policy at the college, and as associate director, Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jacobs earned his doctorate from Princeton University and has more than 40 years experience at Macomb.  He has taught social science, political science and economics.  He specializes in the areas of workforce skills and technology, economic development, worker retraining and community college workforce development, and is widely published in these areas of expertise.  In addition, Jacobs has conducted research, developed programs and consulted on workforce development and community college issues at the national, state and local levels.

Jacobs currently serves on the Governor’s Talent Investment Board, which advises the Governor on job creation, and talent development and retention. Jacobs also serves on a number of local boards, including the Center for Automotive Research, Metropolitan Affairs Council and the Detroit Institute of Arts.