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College names president

November 21, 2016
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Bill Pink
Bill Pink. Courtesy GRCC

A downtown college has selected a new president praised for his “vision” and “expertise.”

Grand Rapids Community College said today its Board of Trustees named Bill Pink, the college’s VP and dean for workforce development, the college’s 10th president.

The appointment will become official once the board and Pink agree on contract details, including salary, and an official start date.

He will replace outgoing President Steven Ender, who previously announced he’ll retire when his contract ends on June 30, 2017.

“We are pleased to name Bill Pink to this position,” said Bert Bleke, board chair, GRCC. “We were grateful to have three solid candidates from which to choose for this leadership role. That didn’t make our job easy, but we’re happy with the outcome of this process and look forward to what the future holds.”

Pink said he's “honored and humbled” to have been chosen for the role.

“I look forward to working with our campus community, as well as the West Michigan community to create more opportunities for our students to be successful,” he said. “I also give my sincere gratitude to Dr. Steve Ender for the leadership he has provided for the last eight years at GRCC.”

Pink’s background

Pink, a native of Abilene, Texas, and an 18-year resident of Oklahoma City, joined GRCC in March 2015.

He formerly served as VP for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City.

He has been an educator for more than 25 years and taught or coached in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Oregon.

As a college basketball player, he earned awards for his athletic and academic achievements, including a 2016 induction into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame.

In January, Pink completed a four-year appointment as a member of the National Selection Committee for the National Merit Scholarship Council. He is a former national conference co-chair for Dream Deferred: The Future of African-American Education. He also speaks at events across the U.S. on diversity, leadership, career and workforce development and faith-based matters.

Pink is a member of the board of directors for Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids, Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids and West Michigan Works!.

He holds an associate’s degree from York College in Nebraska, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

GRCC

GRCC, established in 1914, offers degree courses, certifications, training programs, workshops and personal-enrichment classes.

Classes are held at GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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