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GRCC selects community leader for trustee post

June 21, 2013
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GRCC selects community leader for trustee post
Deb Bailey is a trustee for Grand Rapids Community College. Photo courtesy GRCC

A vacant seat on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees will be filled by a recognizable West Michigan face.

Debra Bailey, director of global corporate relations for Steelcase Inc., will replace trustee Terri Handlin, who announced her resignation in May. Bailey will finish Handlin’s term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2014.

“I am honored to become a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees,” Bailey said. “GRCC is a critical and valuable community asset, and I look forward to participating in the decision-making process that moves the institution forward in a way that ensures sustainability and prepares students for their next steps.”

Bailey, who once attended GRCC, also has served on the board of trustees at Aquinas College. She also is a former board member for both the Western Michigan University and East Grand Rapids Public Schools foundations.

In addition, Bailey is a founding member and board and capital campaign chairperson for Gilda’s Club.

“We welcome Deb Bailey’s extensive professional background and commitment to the residents of West Michigan,” said Steven Ender, GRCC president. “Her wealth of experience will enhance the efforts of the board as its members continue to support the mission of the college in providing educational opportunities for student success.”

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