GRCC In the News 06/13/2022

Mantella, other leaders tackle systemic issues at Black Boys and Men Symposium

6/10/22 Grand Valley State University press release

K-12 and higher education leaders addressed the challenges of the systems that impact Black men and boys and the need to create conditions for their success at a symposium sponsored by the Division of Enrollment Development and Educational Outreach.

At the Black Boys and Men Symposium, President Philomena V. Mantella was joined by Quentin Ross, president of Alabama State University; Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College and soon Ferris State University; and Kevin Polston, superintendent of Kentwood Public Schools. The moderator was Khalid Mumin, superintendent of Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania.

Who is Ryan Kelley? What to know about the candidate charged in Jan. 6 riot

6/10/22 Crain’s Detroit Business

Who is Ryan Kelley?

… The 1999 graduate of Jenison High School attended Grand Rapids Community College before working at Ameritech, which later became SBC and now AT&T. He is married with six kids, according to his campaign website.

Op-Ed: How the pandemic is changing higher education for the better

6/12/22 Los Angeles Times

During college graduation season, it’s easy to get swept up by the notion of the great promise of higher education, even if recent statistics tell a different, more sobering story.

… Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink — like almost every other college leader — discovered his Michigan institution was utterly transformed by the pandemic. Unlike many other higher-education leaders, Pink, now the incoming president at Ferris State University in Michigan, fully embraced that transformation. He found that offering more flexibility helped students complete their degree requirements.

Mansfield native named college president at Michigan school

6/13/22 Mansfield News Journal (Ohio)

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Mansfield native John Selmon has reached the pinnacle of his profession.

… Selmon began his career in Michigan at Grand Rapids Junior College, where he had been a star athlete.

Oh, so close!

6/13/22 The Daily News (Greenville)

FRANKENMUTH — Standing on the third fairway at The Fortress Golf Course, Belding senior Mason Anderson was pondering his next shot.

… That kid from Belding will head to Grand Rapids Community College to play for the Raiders and coach John Forton, one of Doug’s good friends.

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