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Three candidates chosen in presidential search

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.

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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