FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
June 21, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College's board of trustees appointed Carlos Sanchez to fill a vacant seat during a meeting Monday.
Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University.
David J. Koetje, board chairperson, said Sanchez will be a valuable addition to both GRCC and its governing body.
"As I look at the current profile of this board and its collective resume, I believe Carlos Sanchez provides the greatest opportunity for this board to expand its collective resume and increase its ability to come alongside our president and help propel the mission of this college forward," he said.
"Mr. Sanchez is widely respected by the West Michigan business community, the local philanthropic community and those colleges we have pathway connections with. His relationships with the governor’s office are unmatched by any of us currently on this board. His ties with the Latino business community not only provide this institution with opportunity, they will also provide this board with insight and perspective as we craft future policies that gives shape to this institution’s future."
Sanchez will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Bert Bleke, who had served on the board since 2011. The term runs through December 2018.
"What I hope to bring to the board are my experiences working with the Latino community and in an institution of higher education," Sanchez said. "I'm familiar with the challenges facing GRCC and hope that my experience will help."
Before joining Ferris, Sanchez was program coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, a diversity specialist at Spectrum Health, executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and interim executive director of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan.
He has served on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, the Center for Community Leadership and the Dyer-Yves and Grand Rapids Community foundations.
Sanchez earned a bachelor's degree in international business from Davenport University in Grand Rapids and studied business administration at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.