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President Ender recovering from emergency surgery, will miss Opening Day and M-TEC anniversary


Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender is recovering after emergency gallbladder surgery last Friday.

“More than likely, he’ll be recovering for the remainder of the week,” said Raul Alvarez, Director of Communications. “Provost Gilda Gely will be handling the operations for the college in his absence.”

President Ender

Though he is expected to make a full recovery, Ender will miss two of GRCC’s important celebrations.

“He is disappointed that he is missing the 10th anniversary of the M-TEC building and Opening Day. He looks forward to that (Opening Day) every year,” Alvarez said. This is Ender’s fourth year in office.

“[For Opening Day], he traditionally does the welcoming mark” he said. “He does a retrospect of the previous academic year and a projection for what we hope to accomplish in the coming year. Provost Gely will be making those remarks in his absence.”

Opening day will take place 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Ford Fieldhouse, with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring food for the campus food pantry, a project started last year to help students in need.

The Leslie E. Tassell Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC), which has served over 365,000 students, will celebrate its 10th anniversary and contributions to West Michigan today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 622 Godfrey Ave. SW in Grand Rapids.

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