Grand Rapids, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College has named its next president.
GRCC’s Board of Education is offering Utah College Leader Charles Lieber a contract to become the 11th president of GRCC, the college announced in a press release Monday, November 21. Lieber is currently Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Administration at Sault. Lake Community College.
The board voted unanimously on Monday to select Lieber as a finalist after a months-long search for the national presidency. He will succeed Lieber Bill Pink, who stepped down in July after five years as president of the GRCC, as the new president of Ferris State University.
Chairman of the Board David J. Cottje said Monday that the trustees have been impressed by Lieber’s leadership experience at both community colleges and universities, the release said.
“Dr. Lieber has the skills and passion for education needed to lead GRCC into the future,” Lieber said in a statement provided by the college. “He will arrive at the College in a good place, standing on the strong foundation built by Dr. Pink and his predecessors. I’m excited to see where he takes us in the coming years.”
Lieber has been in his position at Salt Lake Community College since 2015, providing strategic leadership and managing the day-to-day operations of student affairs and enrollment management functions for the ten universities, according to the GRCC. The statement said the system serves more than 60,000 students annually and uses a centralized administrative structure to serve all universities and their communities.
Lepper visited the GRCC campus for a public interview on Oct. 19. He was one of three finalists who were under consideration in the college’s presidential search. The other candidates are Tim Casper, the Wisconsin college leader, and Stuart Blacklough, the Pennsylvania college leader, who dropped out of the search on November 9.
GRCC President Emeritus Juan. R Olivarez was serving as Interim Chair during the research.
Lieber previously served as vice president of student affairs at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia, and held a series of leadership roles at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana between 2004 and 2013, according to GRCC.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana State University. He also received a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Graduate School and the Institute of Education Administration.
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