August 19, 2019, Grand Rapids, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has reappointed Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, a regional board focused on providing greater higher education opportunities.
Pink was originally appointed in 2017 by then-Gov. Rick Snyder. His new term expires in March 2023.
“I appreciate that Gov. Whitmer has asked me to continue on this board, working with educators and legislators from across the Midwest,” Pink said.
“We come from different places, but share the common goals of providing the best possible opportunities for students of all ages to continue along an academic pathway to success. I think this appointment speaks to the importance of community colleges in Michigan, and the leadership of the staff and faculty here in Grand Rapids.”
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact focuses on providing greater higher education opportunities and services in the Midwestern region, with the aim of furthering regional access to, research in and choice of higher education for residents.
The group consists of five resident members of each state: The Governor or the Governor's designee, a legislator from each house, and two at-large members.
The compact includes representatives from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Other Michigan commissioners are: David Eisler, Ferris State University president; Brandy Johnson, policy advisor for postsecondary education and workforce development for Gov. Whitmer; State Sen. Kimberly LaSata; and State Rep. Scott Van Singel. Alternates are Daniel Hurley, CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities and Cassandra Ulbrich, president of the State Board of Education.
Whitmer in April appointed Pink to the board of directors for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, overseeing the public-private partnership focused on creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy.
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.