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Two GRCC administrators selected for Aspen Presidential Fellowship


Grand Rapids Community College’s Vice President of Finance and Administration Lisa Freiburger and Dean of Workforce Development Bill Pink both recently received the Aspen Institute Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

The two GRCC administrators were both nominated by President Steven Ender.

“I am delighted that both Lisa and Bill have been selected to participate in this national cohort of exceptional leaders,” Ender said. “For GRCC to have two of its senior executives chosen for the first group to participate in this year long study program is a great tribute to our institution and to their superb leadership skills. I am very proud of both of these fine colleagues.”

The fellowship is out of D.C.-based Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization. The Aspen Presidential Fellows make up a group of 40 individuals from 17 states and 30 community colleges of varying size.

Freiburger, who has been with GRCC since 2011, said she is excited for the challenge and the opportunity to develop her leadership skills.

“I really want to continue to grow as a leader,” Freiburger said, adding she hopes to one day be a community college president, as the fellowship trains for such responsibilities. “I’m grateful to have been selected.”

Pink said this opportunity speaks strongly for his “desire for the next level leadership.”

“I can’t explain how big of an honor it is and how humbling it is to have been nominated by President Ender and then to have been selected,” Pink said. “I think it will not only provide that capstone experience for me but also the network of professionals that I will gain from across the country who are going the same direction.”

The program will begin in July at Stanford and is to be completed by spring 2017.