Dr. Patricia Oldt remembered as an advocate for equity and social justice in education

Picture of Dr. Patricia Oldt smiling.

Dr. Patricia Oldt will be remembered for a strong belief in equity and social justice, advocating for women to advance to leadership.

Dr. Oldt, a lifelong educator, was Grand Rapids Community College’s former assistant dean for community education. She passed away this week at age 84.  

“Dr. Oldt’s impact is felt not just in the students she helped educate at the K-12 level and higher education, but in women she inspired and mentored to follow in her footsteps as a leader,” GRCC President Bill Pink said. “That’s a tremendous legacy. We at GRCC extend our condolences to her family and friends, and hope they are comforted with the knowledge that her work and advocacy has made West Michigan a better place.”

In addition to her leadership role at GRCC, Dr. Oldt was assistant superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools, superintendent of Northview Public Schools, and both the distinguished professor of education and vice president for Planning and Equity at Grand Valley State University. She was instrumental in developing GVSU’s charter schools program.

She earned many awards and honors, including election to the Michigan Association of School Administrators Hall of Fame in 2009.

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