GRCC retiree biography: Jim Peterson

Jim Peterson has worked at GRCC since 2005 as the executive director of Financial Services. Jim had the following information to share about his experiences at GRCC and plans for retirement:

I have been at GRCC for over 12 years, serving as executive director of Financial Services. In January 2005, I was hired by then VP Bob Partridge. Prior to joining GRCC, I served in a similar role at Muskegon Community College for about 15 years, and prior to that worked for a CPA firm.

I got to know Bob, as well as Todd Hurley, Sharon Gates, Cherry Scaturro and others through the Michigan Community College Business Officers Association. They were a fun group and really seemed to enjoy working at GRCC. I felt fortunate to have the opportunity to join them.  GRCC is a much larger place than MCC, and, at first, I wondered what I had gotten myself into. I guess I realized I belonged at GRCC when I learned that many others also found PeopleSoft to be a bit frustrating!

However, GRCC challenged me and gave me the opportunity to work in areas such as labor negotiations, insurance and risk management and with the Foundation.  During it all, I had the pleasure and privilege to work, learn and laugh with a great group of colleagues, not only in Finance and Administration, but throughout the college. Deciding to retire has been difficult. I will miss much about my day to day work and interactions at GRCC

My interests outside of work include cycling (I even started bike commuting to work last summer), skiing and traveling. My wife and I have had the opportunity to participate in medical mission trips to Central America in recent years, and hope to do so again in the future. We also have a small condo in the Petoskey area, where I hope to be able to spend some more time overseeing (I’m no DIY’er!) some much needed updates.

Jim, on behalf of your GRCC community, we all wish you the very best in retirement. Thank you so much for your service to GRCC!

As a reminder, Jim’s retirement reception will be held June 21 from 3-5 p.m. on the first floor of White Hall on the Devos campus.

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