David Sam, J.D., Ph.D., L.L.M
Residence: Streamwood, Illinois
Organization: Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL
Occupation: College president
First job: My first full-time job after graduate school was as a financial planning assistant at Arthur Anderson accounting firm in Chicago. As a kid, I once sold kerosene in liters to make spending money.
Philosophy: You must complete to be able to compete.
Favorite music: I enjoy a variety of music types and favorite artists include Jimmy Cliff (a Jamaican reggae star), Sarkodie (a Ghanaian hiplife artist), Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.
Favorite movie: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Favorite book: Long Road to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
What got me interested in my work: I had a job at a local community college for two-and-a halfyears but was not exposed to the full breadth of the community college mission. At a subsequent community college, I was a faculty member and administrator and developed a better understanding of college conversations and opportunities and realized the community college philosophy was in concurrence with my personal philosophy. Therefore I made my career in the community college environment.
Greatest accomplishment: Coming to the United States as a high school foreign exchange student and leveraging it into my academic and professional purpose.
Success is... Achieving your personal and professional goals and bringing as many people as possible along.
Pet Peeve: People who don’t do what they should and kick the can down the road and point fingers at others.
Favorite Quote: “Brighten the corner where you are!”
How has NACCE impacted your work? Attendance at NACCE has revolutionized our Entrepreneurship
Program. It has enhanced our entrepreneurship feasibility study, and it has given direction to our entrepreneurship degree and certificate programs.