Jim has been a supporter of the asbe Foundation since he came to Macomb Community College from his original career as a mechanical engineer. His engineering career took him to Chrysler Detroit Axle, Dana Form-sprag, Ancor Corp., and New Haven Foundry. Jim joined Macomb as Dean of Engineering and Advanced Technol-ogy in 2002, then served as Provost and became president of the college in 2017. Because of his background in engi-neering, he has had a keen interest in the work of the Foundation and serves today as an Honorary Board Member. He sees the work of education as a way to prepare people for meaningful employment, to support their personal development, to gain the skills necessary for lifelong learners, and to find careers in the workplace. Jim feels that asbe historically has done many good things. He is particularly impressed with the accomplishments because the Foundation is a volunteer organization.
To be able to continue its good work, he feels that the Board needs to renew, maintain, and strengthen its relationships with the design and engineering community. “We must be careful to look forward and not back which will require the Board to constantly evolve and renew itself.” He is particularly impressed with the instructor and student tours that were difficult to develop but critical in keeping instructors cur-rent and students aware of career options. Jim believes that it is particularly important that the Foundation continue to work closely with the Design and Manufacturing Alliance and perhaps begin to work more closely with the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology.