The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously, 6-0, in favor of appointing Provenzano to the position of chancellor. Provenzano joined OCC in 2014 as vice chancellor of administrative services and has nearly 20 years of experience in the public and private sector.
Since May, Provenzano has served as interim chancellor following the board’s 5-1 vote to oust then chancellor Tim Meyer, who had served as chancellor for nine years. Provenzano’s “interim” status will officially change Jan. 1, 2018.
Concerns about ongoing reorganization at OCC, which began in January 2013, under Meyer, and “philosophical differences about the future direction of the college” brought about the opposition vote, according to Shawn Dry, Oakland Community College Academic Senate College chair.
In May, Provenzano and OCC Board Chair John McCulloch agreed to improve communication and engagement among faculty, the board, and the administration moving forward.
McCulloch said the board has confidence in Provenzano’s leadership abilities and his vision for the future.
“He has been in the forefront of developing a long-range planning process that is responsive to the needs of our students and community,” said McCulloch. “With educational institutions facing significant change, Peter Provenzano brings a track record of leadership and success.”
McCulloch added that Provenzano’s commitment to student success and collaborative partnerships reflect the college’s strategic direction and ongoing vision for excellence and best practices.
Board Trustee Kathleen Bertolini said Provenzano has surrounded himself with a great team to seek advice.
“I’m very impressed with Peter’s vision for the college,” said Bertolini.