President Bill Pink elected to American Council on Education board

Dec. 20, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink was elected to the American Council on Education’s board of directors, working with leaders from across the nation to shape public policy and help more students gain a quality education.

The Washington-based ACE represents more than 1,700 colleges and universities – covering two out of every three students in accredited, degree-granting institutions.

“I’m proud to work on the ACE board, sharing with educators from all over our country the successes we’ve had at GRCC, and also learning innovative practices that can expand opportunities for students of all ages in West Michigan,” Pink said.

“My service here gives GRCC – and community colleges as a whole – a voice as vital education issues are being discussed at the national level.”

For more than a century, ACE has offered programs, advocated for legislation, and led initiatives that have shaped the nation's postsecondary landscape.

The organization has long been a forceful advocate for educational equity and access. The initiatives that ACE has developed and supported include the creation of the GED and G.I. Bill and increased research opportunities for minorities and women.

Pink is one of the 16-member board’s 11 elected members; his term runs through March 2021. Board members include Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow and Jackson College President Daniel J. Phelan, who represents the American Association of Community Colleges. Paul J. LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, was tapped to be the board chairman.

Pink is involved in governance and policy development at regional and national levels. He was elected to the board of trustees for the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accreditor for colleges and universities across 19 states. He serves on the Community College Advisory Panel for The College Board.

Pink also has been named to statewide leadership posts, appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the board of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and reappointed to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, a regional board focused on providing greater higher education opportunities. 

About the American Council on Education:

 ACE is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice. As the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities, our strength lies in our diverse membership of more than 1,700 colleges and universities, related associations, and other organizations in America and abroad. ACE is the only major higher education association to represent all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: two-year and four-year, public and private. For more information, please visit or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.

About Grand Rapids Community College:

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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