Higher Education and Human Resources

College names finalists for president

November 2, 2016
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Bill Pink
Bill Pink. Courtesy GRCC

A downtown college has whittled down its list of potential candidates for the office of president to four.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Presidential Search Committee has selected Amy Fugate, L. Joy Gates Black, Bill Pink and Christina Royal as the top candidates to replace outgoing president Steven Ender.

Ender previously announced he’ll retire when his contract ends on June 30, 2017.

The finalists now move on to the final interview phase, which includes presenting during open public forums the week of Nov. 14.

The finalists

Fugate serves as the VP of academic affairs at Mott Community College in Flint. She has previously worked as a college faculty member, national award-winning debate coach and dean of humanities and fine arts. Fugate holds a doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Kansas, a master’s in communication studies from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s in communication from Northern Michigan University.

Gates Black is the vice chancellor for academic affairs and student success at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. She has an undergraduate certificate and master’s degree in education from Cambridge College and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University.

Pink, the lone remaining internal candidate, was appointed VP and dean for workforce development at GRCC in 2015, coming to the school from a VP position at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. Pink has an associate’s degree from York College, a bachelor’s from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma. Pink was previously one of three finalists for the role of GRCC provost.

Royal has served as provost of Inver Hills Community College in Minnesota since 2013. She also is VP of academic affairs at the school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s in educational psychology from Marist College and a doctor of education and instructional design from Capella University.

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