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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