GRCC — The Board of Trustees has selected three candidates to interview for the position of GRCC president. Interviews will take place over the next two weeks.
Candidates for the position are:
- Former GRCC administrator Stuart Blacklaw, currently provost and executive vice president at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He will be on campus to interview on Oct. 18.
- Tim Casper, vice president for Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. He will be on campus to interview on Oct. 24.
- Charles Lepper, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He will be on campus to interview on Oct. 19.
“I’m impressed by the quality of the candidates, all with careers supporting students and their communities,” Board Chairperson David J. Koetje said. “We are looking forward to getting to know them better, hearing their vision for leading GRCC into the future.”
The college will provide opportunities for students, staff and community members to meet the finalists when they come to Grand Rapids. Each candidate will attend a community forum at 2:30 p.m. on the day of their visit, followed by a public interview conducted by the Board of Trustees at 3:45 p.m.
These sessions will all be held in the auditorium of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.
GRCC is replacing Bill Pink, who became president of Ferris State University in July after five years as president of GRCC. President Emeritus Juan R. Olivarez has been serving as interim president during the search.
Trustees hope to have a new president in place by Jan. 1, 2023.