College president joins national board


Bill Pink. Courtesy GRCC

A local college president has been elected to a national education board.

Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink was elected to the American Council on Education’s board of directors, comprised of leaders from across the nation working to shape public policy and help more students gain a quality education.

The Washington-based ACE represents more than 1,700 colleges and universities, covering two-thirds of students in accredited, degree-granting institutions.

“I’m proud to work on the ACE board, sharing with educators from all over our country the successes we’ve had at GRCC, and also learning innovative practices that can expand opportunities for students of all ages in West Michigan,” Pink said.

“My service here gives GRCC — and community colleges as a whole — a voice as vital education issues are being discussed at the national level.”

For more than a century, ACE has offered programs, advocated for legislation and led initiatives that have shaped the nation's postsecondary landscape. The initiatives that ACE has developed and supported include the creation of the GED and G.I. Bill and increased research opportunities for minorities and women.

Pink is one of the 16-member board’s 11 elected members. His term runs through March 2021.

Board members include Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow and Jackson College President Daniel Phelan, who represents the American Association of Community Colleges. Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, is board chair-elect.

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