OC grad named president of Michigan college

OC grad named president of Michigan college

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) alumnus Bill Pink has been named president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Pink has been an educator for more than 25 years, with teaching, coaching and administrative roles in Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oregon. He joins Andy Benton (Pepperdine University), Allison Garrett (Emporia State University), Stan Helton (Alberta Bible College), and Harold Shank (Ohio Valley University) as OC alumni who currently serve as college presidents.

“I’m honored and humbled to be named the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College, and I’m grateful to the institutions that played a role in my development as a person and as a leader,” Pink said. “I value my days at OC both as a student and as a faculty member. I treasure those days, and the people who blessed my life there.”

A native of Abilene, Texas, Pink graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1990 with an education degree, earning NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors as a senior on the OC basketball team.

He went on to coach basketball and tennis at York College in Nebraska, then served as athletic director, assistant to the president and head men’s basketball coach at Cascade College in Portland, Oregon.

He returned to his alma mater in 1998 and spent six years teaching in OC’s Department of Education before joining OC alumna Sherri Coale’s coaching staff at the University of Oklahoma. He served as the Sooners’ director of basketball operations for two years.

Pink worked as the associate dean in UCO’s College of Education and Professional Studies until December 2011, when he was named vice president of academic affairs for Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. He also served as a worship leader at Alameda Church of Christ in Norman.

He moved to Michigan in March 2015 to become the vice president and dean for workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College.

“As a board, we are pleased to name Bill Pink to this position,” board chairperson Bert Bleke said in GRCC’s release. “Throughout the extensive interview process, it became clear that he has the level of expertise and vision necessary to take the college to the next level.”

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

He serves on the board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids, and West Michigan Works.

He is a former member of the National Selection Committee for the National Merit Scholarship Council and former national conference co-chair for Dream Deferred: The Future of African-American Education.

His wife Lori is a Michigan native and U.S. Air Force veteran who works for the Federal Aviation Administration. They have two children: Lance and Lydia. The Pinks attend Grandville Church of Christ.