A Lesson in Excellence
Oakton recently lost a valued colleague with the passing of Dr. Gregory James. James came to Oakton in August 2005 as dean of students and was promoted to assistant vice president for Student Affairs/Office of Access, Equity, and Diversity in June 2009 – the first to hold that position.
A mentor to students and colleagues alike, James’ commitment to social justice and anti-bias work made him a leader, both at the College and regionally. He was regularly called upon to speak at events and conferences about his work. James, who earned his Ed.D. from Grambling State University in Louisiana, served on Oakton’s Master Plan Steering Committee and on the steering committee of the Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education.
Dr. James had a strong commitment to student success – and complete confidence that Oakton students could meet any challenge. He also held students to a high standard. And he wasn't afraid to say so.
In his honor, the College has established the Dr. Gregory C. James Memorial Scholarship Fund. To contribute, stop by the Office of Student Activities and pick up a donation card.
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.