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Dr. Sharon Blackman has 30 years of experience in higher education administration, program development, counseling and teaching. After serving as president at Brookhaven College for three years, she was invited by Chancellor Wright Lassiter to establish a districtwide Office of Retention in September, 2008.Before serving as Brookhaven's president, she was president of Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills campus, where she also has served as that institution’s dean of technology and workforce development services. Prior to accepting the position at OCC, Blackman filled a number of administrative positions at Richland College: dean of technical and continuing education, 1997-1998; dean of technical education programs, 1995-1997; associate dean of technical education programs, 1993-1995; director of cooperative education programs, 1991-1993; and several jobs in career services and continuing education from 1983-1991. She also has held several positions at Youngstown State University, Earlham College (Ind.) and Tennessee State University. Blackman, who has taught at Richland College and Earlham College, earned both her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and her master’s degree in education/ guidance and counseling from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; she also holds a doctorate in educational administration from Baylor University. She is a certified specialist in developmental education and has participated in the Kellogg Institute for Developmental Educators.
She is the recipient of the 2005 International Exemplary Leadership Award, sponsored by The Chair Academy; the 2004 Woman of Distinction Award from the Pontiac Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc.; the 2002 Black Women Achiever Award, also from the Pontiac Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc.; and several other honors.
Blackman is a presenter at state and national conferences, and she has been involved in a number of professional and community organizations, including the Leadership Oakland board of directors, the Automotive Society of Body Engineers Foundation board (vice president), the Delta Fortitude Foundation (treasurer), the Design and Manufacturing Alliance steering committee, the National Council on Black American Affairs, the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, the Oakland Schools for Career-Focused Education task force and many others.