Gov. Whitmer appoints GRCC President Pink to Student Recovery Advisory Board to help schools emerge stronger from pandemic

President Bill Pink smiling at the camera.

Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink was tapped by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to be part of an advisory board looking at what tools and resources Michigan students will need to get back on track as the state emerges from the pandemic.

Pink is one of 33 educators and lawmakers from across the state appointed Thursday to the Student Recovery Advisory Council, which will be headed by Godfrey-Lee Superintendent Kevin Polston.

“Education is vital to our state’s recovery, and collaborations such as this council will help all of Michigan move forward,” Pink said. “These are unprecedented and difficult times. The pandemic created some gaps, and exposed others. This group will look at what our schools and communities need, not just to get back to where we were, but to where we need to be. I’m honored to be part of this council.”

Whitmer said the council reflects a diverse geographic and demographic composition of the state and represents parents, students, school leaders, educators, community members and individuals with expertise in public health, pediatrics and mental health. The terms expire on Dec. 31, 2021.

Pink was selected to represent school leaders and is the only member from higher education.

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ODEI has partnered with the Center for Teaching Excellence and College Action Project (CAP) 3.2 to host two roundtable chats

The first session, titled, “We’re still here: Centering the musings of Black women at GRCC,” will take place this week on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m.

The forum is exclusive to GRCC stakeholders. To learn more about the focus of this discussion and RSVP by Noon on 2/10, visit:

Information on the second roundtable will be provided soon.

SPREAD THE LOVE with Campus Dining

SPREAD THE LOVE by coming into the Quiet Cafe & Raider Grill all week and buying a homemade Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Kit, decorated Cupcake or other participating General Mills items, for a chance to win a NEW i-PAD!

For every participating item purchased we will be donating a Cookie Kit to the GRCC Student Food Pantry!

Picture of Valentines cookies.

Training on new HR hiring process

GRCC is currently transitioning to an evidence-based selection hiring process for non-faculty positions – would you like to learn more?

Human Resources is offering a few sessions geared towards sharing the process with supervisors and the campus community.

There are currently two sessions scheduled on the following dates:

Tuesday ~ February 23 ~ 10-11:30 a.m. (via Zoom)

Thursday ~ March 25 ~ 9-10:30 a.m. (via Zoom)

Please enroll on the Learning Opportunities Registration webpage.

Nominations for Emeritus Faculty due Friday, Feb. 12

Nominations for the 2021 Emeritus Faculty Award are being accepted through February 12, 2021. This award was established in 1985 to honor those instructors and administrators whose dedication and creativity have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues at GRCC. During their tenure at GRCC and since their retirement, they have continued to promote GRCC’s “Commitment to Excellence.”

Please submit online nominations by noon on Friday, February 12, 2021. If you prefer a paper nomination form, please contact to request one. For more information, you may visit the website.