Grand Rapids Community College trustees want resident feedback on their search process and leadership profile as it looks for the college’s next president, and plans a community focus session for Tuesday, June 28.
The board of trustees is conducting a national search to replace President Bill Pink, who is leaving on June 30 to become president of Ferris State University.
Trustees have said they value the perspectives of community members, and look forward to input and collaboration during the process.
Trustees adopted a presidential profile to help guide the search and assure sustained quality leadership and a smooth transition.
The community session is scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. on June 28, and residents can attend virtually or in person, in the board library on the fifth floor of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.
Trustees have contracted with Gold Hill Associates, a firm specializing in executive searches, to guide the process and assist in screening candidates. Gold Hill guided the search press that resulted in Pink being selected in 2017.
Trustees hope to have a new president selected by the end of the year.
GRCC President Emeritus Juan R. Olivarez was appointed to serve as interim president during the search. Olivarez was GRCC’s eighth president, serving from 1999 until 2008. He is GRCC’s third interim president, with Dr. Patricia Pulliam serving in the role in 1998 and 1999, and Dr. Anne Mulder in 2008 and 2009.
Michelle Murdoch says she was “the oldest” student when she enrolled in GRCC Dental Hygiene program.
“I waited until my four children were older so I could pursue my dream,” she said. “I attended the GRCC Dental Hygiene program with an amazing husband and four wonderful children, including one who has cerebral palsy, who supported my dream.”
Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.
The Dental Hygiene educators made Murdock feel comfortable returning to the classroom and supported her journey.
“GRCC set the foundation of continued learning within me to continue to pursue two more degrees!” said Murdoch, who graduated from the college in 2014.
She obtained a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public health from Central Michigan University – all while working as a Registered Dental Hygienist for a private dental office.
She’s now back at GRCC – this time as a part-time support specialist in the Dental Clinic.
“My passion is in education, and I knew this throughout pursuing my dream,” she said. “I want to extend all I have learned to other students and help time realize they can do anything they put their mind to!
“GRCC is the first step to changing the rest of your life. It only takes that one step to a whole world of opportunities!”
Let GRCC help you start your story. The first chapter starts at grcc.edu/apply.
GEAR UP Wyoming students ventured south last week to visit Western Michigan University’s main campus and to speak with business and engineering students about academic programs and campus life.
At the Haworth College of Business, the rising juniors learned about paid internships, the importance of networking through participation in student organizations and honor societies, the competitive advantage of being globally engaged, and how the career center can help with resumes and dressing for success.
An admissions officer explained the application process and outlined available scholarships to incoming freshman who submit Early Action applications prior to December 15.
The GEAR UP cohort considered how engineering impacts daily life as they peered into research labs in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. WMU undergraduate and graduate students test football helmets for safer designs, develop road composites to withstand Michigan traffic and weather conditions, relay specifications to and from NASA for satellite construction, and invent more biodegradable paper products to reduce plastic consumption.
The trip to Kalamazoo provided a mid-week pause to the Dollars & Sense Camp at WMU’s downtown Grand Rapids campus at Ionia and Cherry. Staff from the Sanford Center for Financial Wellness led students through steps to create a life-cycle financial plan including how to pay for college.
This week GEAR UP cohort students will have the opportunity to visit Michigan State University in East Lansing.
On Thursday, June 16, Steven Joel Mueller, 72, a local naturalist better known to readers as Ranger Steve, completed his circle of life and said goodbye to the earth he had so fondly nurtured and cared for.
… Mueller held several different jobs related to the nature field over the years. He was a high school science teacher in Alpena, Michigan, Dry Ridge, Kentucky, and Kenosha, Wisconsin; and while teaching in Manistique in the 1980s, Mueller discovered a breeding colony of butterflies previously unknown in Michigan called the Northern Blue. He was also an urban forester for Dow Chemical in Midland; a state park ranger in Traverse City; a ranger/naturalist at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, the same place he later iscovered a new species of moth—the Brilliant Virgin Tiger Moth; a teacher at Jordan College in Cedar Springs; and did some adjunct college teaching at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.