Welcome to the Grand Rapids Community College Presidential Search website.
The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees values your perspective, input, and collaboration as we embark on one of the most important responsibilities we will face: selecting the eleventh president of the College. This is a moment of great opportunity for Michigan’s first community college.
Throughout the search process you may send feedback to email@example.com.
Search Firm, Gold Hill Associates
The Board of Trustees will work with Gold Hill Associates an executive search firm to assist in the screening of internal and external candidates for president.
Interim College President, Dr. Juan R. Olivarez
On Monday, May 16 the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Juan R. Olivarez the Interim President of Grand Rapids Community College while the Board conducts its search for a permanent successor to Dr. Pink.
Dr. Olivarez, the son of migrant workers from Benavides, Texas, has had a tremendous impact on education in West Michigan for over four decades. He earned degrees from Aquinas College, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University and served as an educator in the Grand Rapids Public Schools for more than 20 years before being hired as GRCC’s Dean of Institutional Research in 1991.
In 1999 Dr. Olivarez was appointed by the GRCC board as the eighth president of the College. He was the first Hispanic president of any Michigan college or university. In his decade as president, Dr. Olivarez did much to increase access to quality post-secondary education to all West Michigan students. Among the first to refer to GRCC as “the community’s college,” he worked tirelessly to cultivate student-serving partnerships with local businesses, public entities, and nonprofit organizations.