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My Story Started at GRCC: Daniel Hurley advocates for Michigan universities and their students

Oct. 11, 2021, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful. 

As the chief executive officer of the Michigan Association of State Universities, Dr. Daniel Hurley works to advance the missions of the state’s 15 public universities and the 270,000 students they collectively serve. 

Promoting the lifelong value of postsecondary degrees and credentials is a calling that he loves to fulfill.

“I remember standing on the front steps of the main administration building after graduating, with an associate degree in hand, feeling a great sense of accomplishment,” said Hurley, who graduated from what was then Grand Rapids Junior College in 1988. 

He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Grand Valley State University, a master’s degree in career and technical education from Ferris State University, and a doctorate in public administration from Western Michigan University.

“My educational journey was deeply impacted by the positive experience I had while attending GRJC,” he said. “The associate degree I earned provided the foundation – and the confidence – I needed to fully pursue my personal and career ambitions.”

Hurley has served public university leaders at the campus, state and national level, including as the associate vice president for government relations and state policy at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. 

 “A degree or certificate from GRCC can help chart a path to success and open doors more than you can imagine,” he says.

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