Director of GRCC’s Woodrick Center accepted into national leadership program

Jan. 30, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The new director of Grand Rapids Community College's Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion has been accepted into a national leadership development program.

Domingo Hernandez-Gomez will be part of the 2017-18 New Leadership Academy Fellows Program, which is sponsored by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

The program's goal is to develop leaders to meet the changing demographic, democratic, and discursive foundations of higher education. Participating in the academy is a unique opportunity to learn from experts from across the country, Hernandez-Gomez said.

"I hope to deepen my understanding of crucial issues in higher education based on the shared experiences of others in the program," he said. "But more importantly, I hope this experience will provide a refreshed insight on addressing current and future challenges in a more complex and contested higher education environment."

John Cowles, GRCC's dean of Student Success and Retention, said Hernandez-Gomez's acceptance into the national program is an exciting honor.

"His participation will be a benefit to both GRCC and the national dialogue on empowering college administrators with the knowledge and courage to lead effectively," Cowles said.

Hernandez-Gomez became head of the Woodrick Center this past fall. He served as the associate director of GRCC's College Success Center from 2012 to 2016. He previously spent five years in secondary education with the Holland school district, serving as the director of adult education and as an advisor to students and families. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mexico and a master’s degree in public and nonprofit administration from Grand Valley State University.

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.

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