In May 2017, Dr. Bill Pink became the tenth president of Grand Rapids Community College, and the first African-American appointed to the position in the 100+ years of the institution. Dr. Pink formerly served as Vice President and Dean for Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College prior to becoming president.
Dr. 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. Dr. Pink contributes to his community through a variety of ways, including board service for Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, The Right Place, and The Employers’ Association of Grand Rapids. Dr. Pink also serves as a board member of West MichiganWorks, the workforce development agency for seven counties in West Michigan. Nationally, he serves as a board member for the National Council for Workforce Education.
Dr. Pink is a sought after public speaker, and has accumulated numerous invitations to speak at events across the U.S. His topics are usually associated with diversity, leadership, career and workforce development, and faith-based presentations. As an educator, Dr. Pink teaches public speaking courses as well as athletic administration courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.