Learn about state’s first Hispanic college president in anniversary book

Juan Olivarez

Juan Olivarez

Did you know that the first Hispanic president of a Michigan college or university was Dr. Juan Olivarez, the eighth chief executive of Grand Rapids Community College (1999-2008)? Deeply committed to diversity, Dr. Olivarez doubled the number of minority students in the nine years of his presidency.

Read about this and much more in Open Door, the newly published 100-year history of GRJC/GRCC. The book can be purchased at the GRCC Library or by clicking here.

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