Dr. Bill Pink stepped down this summer to become Ferris State University’s president after five years as GRCC’s 10th president – and as the first African American appointed to the post in the college’s 100-plus years.
During his time as president, GRCC:
- Looked for opportunities to meet student needs – inside and outside the classroom – during the COVID-19 pandemic, with expanded community partnerships to fill student food pantry shelves, and purchases of laptops and mobile Wi-Fi hotspots to ensure access to online classes.
- Saw the GRCC Foundation raise almost $23 million, exceeding the $15 million goal, for student scholarships and facility renovations with A Broader Vision campaign.
- Opened a state-of-the-art GRCC Lakeshore Campus in a former department store, consolidating resources and programs into one location and improving student access to public transportation, employers and services.
- Transformed the historic Main Building, renamed Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, to add classrooms and study spaces, modernize labs and art studios, and streamline student enrollment and academic counseling services.
- Constructed a two-story addition to the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center to add a Data Center Lab suite and allow an expanded Machine Tool Lab.
- Renovated the Mable Engel House, renamed Steven C. Ender Hall, to serve student-focused groups, including the Honors Program and Experiential Learning Department, and remodeled the Lettinga House into the Custer Alumni House, home to the GRCC Foundation and alumni activities.
We wish him well in his new role.