June 22, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink was elected to the American Association of Community Colleges’ board of directors, giving him a voice to advocate for GRCC and all community colleges on a national level.
The AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges, representing almost 1,200 two-year institutions and more than 12 million students. Pink is among eight members recently elected to the board. His term runs until the end of 2023.
“Serving on the AACC board will allow me to promote GRCC on a national level,” Pink said. “When we are relevant and responsive, community colleges have a dramatic impact on people and entire regions. AACC is a valuable resource, helping us collectively grow and improve, and also speak with one strong voice to tell the community college story.”
AACC is governed by a 32-member board of directors. The board acts on behalf of the institutional members to create and maintain a vision for the AACC and to ensure the organization adheres to appropriate standards of performance.
The organization supports and promotes member colleges through leadership development, policy initiatives, award-winning publications, innovative programs, research, and strategic outreach to business and industry and the national news media.
AACC is headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C., and interacts with legislators and key federal departments and agencies, including the U.S. departments of Labor, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, and Commerce, and the National Science Foundation.
“President Pink is highly respected by his peers around the country, as evidenced by his election to a coveted position on the AACC board,” said Walter G. Bumphus, AACC president and CEO. “I am confident that Dr. Pink will represent and advocate for community colleges effectively on the national level. The AACC staff, current board members and I look forward to welcoming him to the board of directors.”
The AACC post adds to President Pink’s involvement in governance and policy development at regional and national levels. He was elected to the board of trustees for the Higher Learning Commission, the American Council on Education and the Community College Advisory Panel for The College Board. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed him to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation executive committee.
In West Michigan, Pink serves on the boards of Spectrum Health West Michigan, the Heart of West Michigan United Way, West Michigan Works!, the Grand Rapids Economic Club and The Right Place.
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.