GRCC trustees seeking public input on presidential search with a June 28 community focus session

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.

Details are available at

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.

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