GRCC Provost Gely accepts position at Aquinas College



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


GRCC Provost Gely accepts position at Aquinas College

March 26, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Gilda Gely announced today that she has accepted the position of Executive Vice President and Provost at Aquinas College.  She will step into this new role at the end of this semester.

“Provost Gely will be missed,” said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “Her legacy of improving systems to further enhance the student experience will continue to influence our work as we embark on our centennial year and move into our next century of preparing students to meet their goals.”

Under Gely’s leadership GRCC increased to more than 42 articulation agreements between GRCC and other Michigan colleges and universities, creating a seamless transfer experience for GRCC students. She takes great pride in collaborating with school districts to increase the college’s capacity to serve the needs of the entire county - including Wyoming Public School District, the first Middle College program in West Michigan.

Gely played a crucial role in the development and management of GRCC’s completion agenda, which includes a slate of college action and department-level projects to improve rates of persistence, completion, and transfer. In 2014 she represented GRCC in the first cohort of the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy.

In 2011, Gely was recognized with the Distinguished Women in Higher Education Leadership Award from the Michigan Chapter of the American Council on Education for demonstrating steadfast commitment to advancing diversity and organizational change, and serving as a champion for social justice and gender equity. She has also dedicated her time as a member of the Literacy Council West Michigan board of directors from 2009 to 2012, and currently is a member of the Public Museum of Grand Rapids and the Art and Museum Commissioners board of directors.

In 2012 GRCC was awarded Honor Roll status by the Michigan Quality Award Leadership Team for the college’s commitment to quality.  The implementation of a comprehensive quality management system incorporating the systematic monitoring of academic policies and practices, along with the reorganization of the Academic and Student Affairs division to create the office of the Dean of Student Success and Retention were led by Gely and contributed to GRCC earning this honor.

A native of Puerto Rico, Gely was named provost at GRCC in 2007. Prior to starting at the college, Gely served as academic dean for the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao and vice chancellor for Universidad del Este, also in Puerto Rico.

Ender will work with stakeholders on campus to chart the path to open a search for a new provost. Patti Trepkowski, Associate Provost and Dean of Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies, will serve as Interim Provost during this time.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.