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Grand Rapids Community College selects Sheila Jones as new provost

After a nationwide search, Grand Rapids Community College has selected Dr. Sheila Jones as the new provost and executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. In this role, Jones oversees Student Affairs and Success, Athletics, Instructional Support and Institutional Planning along with five academic areas — School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts, School of Business and Industry, School of STEM, and School of Workforce Training. 

Jones has spent over 15 years in community college education and remains committed to creating opportunities and removing barriers for students to achieve their educational goals. She joined GRCC in 2016 as the Dean of Instructional Support and in 2022 assumed the role of Associate Provost for Instructional Support and Institutional Planning.  

“Dr. Jones has been a distinguished leader throughout her time at GRCC,” stated Dr. Charles Lepper, GRCC president. “She spearheaded our accreditation reaffirmation process with the Higher Learning Commission and is steering the college’s 2023-2028 strategic plan.”

Prior to joining GRCC, she served as the District Director of the Robert “Bob” Elmore Honors College at Broward College (FL) where she was also an Associate Professor of History.  Jones holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in History from Bowling Green State University and earned her Bachelors of Arts in History and Business Administration from Washington & Jefferson College (PA).  She has a proven track record of success throughout her career and has gained the respect of colleagues at GRCC and external to the college for her collaborative and caring approach, her “can do” attitude, and her ability to complete meaningful initiatives that have a positive impact on the college and the students we serve.