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Bill Pink

President, Grand Rapids Community College

Bill Pink became the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College (GRRC) in May 2017 and is the first African American appointed to the post in the institution’s 100-plus years.

With more than 25 years as an educator and leader at the national and local level, Pink is focused on building on GRCC’s strong history of service to all students, guiding the college to be relevant and responsive to its community.

Prior to coming to GRCC, Pink served as vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University. The Abilene, Texas, native has taught and coached in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Oregon. He was inducted into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 for his performance as a student-athlete.

He was elected to the board of trustees for the Higher Learning Commission and was appointed by former governor Rick Snyder to be a member of the state’s 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee. In West Michigan, he serves on the boards of Spectrum Health Hospitals Group, the United Way of West Michigan, West Michigan Works!, and The Right Place.

Pink has an associate’s degree from York College, Nebraska, a bachelor’s from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.