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Experienced Educator

Kevin Chandler focuses his career on academics and administration

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Photo Credit: Rob Hall

icon of a calendarSeptember 19, 2022

icon of a pencilBy Patti Johnson Georgevich

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Kevin Chandler, SEHS ‘19, Ed.D., earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northern Michigan University (NMU). After graduation, he worked for two years as a reporter and producer at WLUC-TV 6 in Negaunee, Michigan. While he "enjoyed the work experience," he felt it wasn’t a "good career fit."

"After I was a graduate teaching assistant and oversaw aspects of the First-year Experience program at NMU, a career in instruction and administration sounded more rewarding to me," he says.

After changing professional direction, Dr. Chandler has had a notable and distinguished 20-year career in education.

In 2019, he became vice president for college advancement and community relations at Macomb Community College — one of the nation’s leading community colleges and one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. Directing marketing and public relations for Macomb Community College, the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Lorenzo Cultural Center and its Foundation, he was previously dean of university relations and associate dean of arts and sciences. Dr. Chandler also teaches political science courses at Macomb.

Before joining Macomb Community College in 2014, he worked for Wayne State University (WSU), ITT Technical Institute and Baker College in admissions, academics, educational outreach and campus development.

Macomb Community College first offered classes in 1954 at Lincoln High School — the curriculum was developed with help from The University of Michigan, Michigan State University and WSU. Today, Macomb Community College provides learning experiences to nearly 32,000 students each year.

Dr. Chandler says, "I’m proud of what Macomb Community College does. We’re creating a highly skilled workforce to sustain and build our economy."

Macomb Community College President James O. Sawyer IV, Ed.D., says Dr. Chandler is a valuable member of Macomb Community College’s leadership team.

"Since he came to Macomb Community College in 2014, Kevin’s deep knowledge of and relationships in Macomb County have greatly benefitted our college. He’s currently leading transformation of Macomb Community College’s communication and outreach strategy," says Dr. Sawyer.

Dr. Chandler also collaborates with staff, faculty and students.

"I talk with our stakeholders and bring these ideas to our Macomb Community College leadership, working collectively to create new initiatives. Our students’ success is the focal point for everything we do," he says.

A historic milestone for Macomb Community College was the creation of its University Center (UC) at the Clinton Township campus. A 1986 feasibility study showed Macomb County residents lagged behind those in Oakland and Wayne counties in both bachelor's degrees attained and annual salaries earned. Macomb Community College’s President at the time, Albert Lorenzo, Ph.D., had a vision: provide a location in Macomb County for those who’ve earned their associate degrees to take classes to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Dr. Lorenzo needed universities willing to partner and offer classes leading to a bachelor’s degree. The first-of-its-kind in the nation, the UC’s doors opened on Aug. 26, 1991. Oakland was one of the first three university partners at the UC.

Dr. Chandler adds, "OU’s been an outstanding partner at the UC. Our staffs work jointly to ensure a seamless transfer path to bachelor’s degree completion."

After earning a post-master’s certificate in higher education at OU in 2009, he completed his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership in 2019.

"Interacting with faculty and fellow student educators who shared their insights and experiences was an invaluable feature of the Ed.D. program," he says.

Dr. Chandler has received professional recognition including Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40, NMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award and the Director’s Award from the Sterling Heights Community Foundation. And, he’s also active in the community, working with the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce and Clinton River Watershed Council.

He lives in Shelby Township with his wife and newborn son, adding, "Macomb County is a wonderful place to live, work, play and raise a family."

Dr. Chandler says having a mentor is essential to a thriving career.

"Find someone who’ll take you under his or her wing. It’ll help you grow. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my mentors such as Dr. Sawyer and OU’s Dr. Jana Nidiffer who encouraged my potential," he says. "If someone asks me for guidance or advice, I make myself available. And, if you have the opportunity, become a mentor yourself."

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