Andy Bowne, Associate Vice President for College Advancement and Grand Rapids Community College’s Foundation Executive Director, has accepted a job as a chancellor at Ivy Tech Community College’s East Central Region in Indiana starting October 8.
“The thing that I will miss the most about GRCC is the people—students, faculty, staff and board members. Any organization is the makeup of its people, and here at GRCC, we have great people,” Bowne said.
Bowne has been working at GRCC since June 2003. In the past seven years, he helped raise over $62 million for GRCC in the form of grants and private funds.
He said what attracted him to GRCC was not just the tasks of his job but the expectation that was given to him from former GRCC President Juan Olivarez that he woud love the school as much as he does.
Bowne stated that while at GRCC, he has received incredible support in developing skills for his career aspirations.
Before Bowne takes his next step to Indiana, he wanted to say goodbye to GRCC. In Bowne’s words:
“To the students, you have such a tremendous opportunity at GRCC. At no other school will you have the support in place and faculty that have a laser focus on your success. You need to focus on being a student; take advantage of the opportunity to get you where you want to go.
“To the faculty, keep caring for the students the way you have been. Stay focused on their success; I know your greatest satisfaction comes when students succeed. Thank you for what you do.
“To the staff, keep working to make GRCC the best place it can be for our students.
“To the executive team, the trustees and foundation board, keep doing the great job you do for our students and community. You’ve been called to lead. Keep it up.”