GRCC President Bill Pink honored by NCMPR for advocating for community colleges and students

Sept. 30, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink has been honored by a national communications and marketing organization for his leadership and support for efforts to tell the community college story and bring opportunities to more residents.

Pink was named the 2019 Pacesetter today by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations’ District 3. The award goes to the college president or CEO who has demonstrated special leadership and support in college communications and marketing.

The Pacesetter is awarded annually in each of NCMPR's seven districts, and district recipients automatically qualify to compete for the national award. District 3 includes community, technical and junior colleges in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario.

“GRCC, and all community colleges, should be loud and proud about the way we serve the people in our communities,” Pink said. “We have great stories to tell. Community colleges are special places, building strong partnerships with our fellow educators, and our regions’ employers. It’s all with an eye on improving – and in many cases, transforming -- the lives of our residents.”

Pink was recognized for advocating for community colleges at the local, state and national level, showing how a responsive and relevant college is a force in making communities stronger.

He was invited to speak at the Mackinac Policy Conference in May – likely the first community college president ever to address from the Main Stage -- the annual gathering of Michigan’s most powerful business, legislative, educational and philanthropic leaders. He earned accolades for his powerful message of confronting the problems in the state’s education system through collaboration at all levels.

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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