GRCC announces three finalists for provost position



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Nov. 17, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College has selected three finalists in its search for a new provost-executive vice president for academic and student affairs.

The candidates are:

·         Laurie Chesley, who has been dean of GRCC’s School of Arts and Sciences since 2010.

·         Tony D. Hawkins, instructional dean of humanities at Montgomery College in Maryland.

·         Bill Pink, vice president of academic affairs at Oklahoma State University.

To view the resumes of the finalists, click here.

“We have three talented and qualified candidates,” said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “Our campus community provided essential input in the selection process, and we will continue to lean on that expertise as we find a leader to help the college forge ahead into its next century of academic excellence.”

AGB Search was hired this spring to assist GRCC with filling the position, which opened in May when Gilda Gely became Aquinas College’s provost. The consulting firm met with GRCC’s search committee and with focus groups throughout the campus.

The candidates will be on campus Dec. 2, 4 and 5 for open forums, campus tours and to meet with various GRCC groups.

GRCC’s provost-executive vice president for academic and student affairs reports directly to the president and serves as the chief academic officer, with major responsibilities for strategic planning and guiding all aspects of teaching and learning in support of student success. Patti Trepkowski, GRCC associate provost and dean of instructional support and interdisciplinary studies, has been filling the provost position on an interim basis.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, as well as at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties..