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Grand Rapids Community College
Dr. Bill Pink became the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College in May 2017, and the first African-American appointed to the post in the institution’s 100-plus years. With more than 25 years as an educator and leader at the national and local level, Dr. Pink is focused on building on GRCC’s strong history of service to all students, guiding the college to be relevant and responsive to its community.
Previously, Dr. Pink served as GRCC’s vice president and dean for Workforce Development and Oklahoma State University’s vice president for academic affairs.
The Abilene, Texas, native has taught and coached in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Oregon. He was a successful student-athlete in basketball player, and was inducted into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
Dr. Pink is also involved in governance and policy development at regional and national levels. He was elected to the board of trustees for the Higher Learning Commission, the accreditor for colleges and universities across 19 states, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to be a member of the state’s 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee.
In West Michigan, Dr. Pink serves in leadership posts for a variety of workforce and community organizations. He is a board member of the Spectrum Health Hospitals Group, the United Way of West Michigan, West Michigan Works!, The Right Place, and The Employers’ Association of Grand Rapids.