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Chief Officer of Culture, Belonging and Community Building

August 8, 2022

Pam Ross McClainDelta College has appointed Dr. Pamela Ross McClain as its first Chief Officer of Culture, Belonging and Community Building (COCBCB). She began her role August 1. Dr. Ross McClain will focus on developing a center that will support transformational change with belonging, equity, diversity and inclusion at its core.

Dr. Ross McClain comes to Delta with a variety of experiences in both secondary and post-secondary education, all of which have been focused on establishing cultures and approaches to equity and belonging. Her previous experience includes serving as a tenured professor of education for Saginaw Valley State University and University of Michigan Flint.

“Our work will focus on building a culture of belonging inside Delta’s walls, and to ensure Delta is woven into the fabric of the communities we serve,” said President Dr. Michael Gavin. “Dr. Ross McClain will be a pivotal action-oriented leader in ensuring that Delta achieves it goals of completion without opportunity gaps among any of its students.”

“I am eager to champion enhanced Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (BEDI) at Delta College,” said Dr. Ross McClain. “I look forward to working toward making sure that everyone feels seen and valued in our learning community. My ultimate goal is to make sure that every student has a nurturing and supportive learning experience that will contribute to successful completion of their educational journey at Delta College.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Afro-American and African Studies from the University of Michigan; a master’s degree in Afro-American Studies from Cornell University; a doctorate from Michigan State University; and a secondary teaching certificate from Saginaw Valley State University.

Dr. Ross McClain was chosen following an extensive national search.