GRCC Faculty Emeritus honoree Sandra Andrews is still taking classes, committed to lifelong learning

Sandra Andrews smiling.

Grand Rapids Community College’s 2021 Faculty Emeritus believes in — and lives — lifelong learning.

Sandra Andrews’ ties to GRCC started when she took classes at what was then Grand Rapids Junior College as an Ottawa Hills High School student. After earning an associate degree, she received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate from Purdue University.

She was an assistant professor at MSU for six years and then returned to her GRCC roots as a chemistry professor. Her 23-year career included more than 11 years as the head of the Physical Sciences Department, where she oversaw an expansion of course offerings and programs as well as a move to the Calkins Science Center in 2000. 

Along the way she earned professional credentials as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Food Scientist.  

Andrews also led a college-wide effort to establish a comprehensive faculty evaluation system, served on many committees and worked on numerous college initiatives. She represented faculty on the College Leadership Council under president Juan Olivarez and Steven Ender.

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