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Carlos Sanchez to fill vacant board of trustees seat

Carlos Sanchez stands by the meeting table in the board of trustees meeting room.
Carlos Sanchez

During a June 19 meeting, the board of trustees selected Carlos Sanchez to fill a vacant seat.

Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University.

“What I hope to bring to the board are my experiences working with the Latino community and in an institution of higher education,” he said. “I’m familiar with the challenges facing GRCC and hope that my experience will help.”

David J. Koetje, board chairperson, said Sanchez will be a valuable addition to both GRCC and its governing body.

“As I look at the current profile of this board and its collective resume, I believe Carlos Sanchez provides the greatest opportunity for this board to expand its collective resume and increase its ability to come alongside our president and help propel the mission of this college forward,” he said.

“Mr. Sanchez is widely respected by the West Michigan business community, the local philanthropic community and those colleges we have pathway connections with.  His relationships with the governor’s office are unmatched by any of us currently on this board. His ties with the Latino business community not only provide this institution with opportunity, they will also provide this board with insight and perspective as we craft future policies that gives shape to this institution’s future.”

Before joining Ferris, Sanchez was program coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, a diversity specialist at Spectrum Health, executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and interim executive director of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan.

He has served on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, the Center for Community Leadership and the Dyer-Yves and Grand Rapids Community foundations.

Sanchez earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from Davenport University in Grand Rapids and studied business administration at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico.

Millage levy recap from board’s June 5 budget work session

The millage levy resolution approved by the board of trustees on Monday authorizes the college to collect property taxes from our district. GRCC’s district covers the same property as the Kent Intermediate School District.

For 2017, the college will levy 1.7788 mills.  A “mill” is equal to $1 in property taxes per $1,000 of taxable value. For a property with a taxable value of $100,000, the college would collect $177.88. Depending on how long a property has had the same ownership, taxable value will generally approximate one-half or less of its estimated market value.

For 2017, the maximum millage rate that GRCC can levy is 1.7788 mills, which is a reduction from the 2016 rate of 1.7865.  This reduction is due the “Headlee” calculation, passed in the mid 1990s as part of Proposal A.

The Headlee calculation says that when the taxable value of a district, in total, increases by more that the average change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over the past 12 months, a taxing unit (such as the college, K-12 districts, cities, townships, etc.) must reduce its millage rate so that its increase in property tax revenue does not exceed the CPI. Additions to the tax rolls, such as newly constructed properties, are excluded from the Headlee calculation and thus will generate additional property tax revenue.

The reduction in the college’s millage rate because of the Headlee calculation is permanent. Thus, it will never increase, even in years when the taxable value changes less than the CPI, or even decreases. In fact, since 1995, the Headlee calculation has permanently reduced GRCC’s millage rate from 1.9000 mills to 1.7788 mills. Based on the 2017 taxable value, this will result in a revenue loss to the college of approximately $2.7 million.

GRCC In the News, 5-17-17

Bert Bleke leaving GRCC Board of Trustees, candidates sought to fill vacancy

May 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Bert Bleke announced he would leave his position on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees, effective June 8, during the board’s Monday, May 15, meeting.

Fencing on parking garages in Grand Rapids deters suicides, falls

May 17, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The city of Grand Rapids installed special fencing on the top of its parking garages three years ago to help prevent suicides or falls. The move came after three people had died.

… In January, a person was injured in what police say was a likely suicide attempt at a Grand Rapids Community College parking garage in the city. It had no fencing.

Steven Ender to receive President Emeritus Award at commencement

President Dr. Steven C. Ender will receive the President Emeritus Award as part of commencement on April 28.

Ender, who became GRCC’s ninth president in 2009, retires at the end of the month.

“As a distinguished leader, writer, and speaker, Dr. Ender’s mark in higher education has been significant,” said David J. Koetje, board of trustees chair.  “That mark has placed him in an elite group of respected leaders throughout high education.

“We were blessed to experience the benefits of that leadership as he skillfully navigated us from a very tenuous financial position eight years ago to a very strong financial position today. This spring — for the first time in our history — we will approve in excess of $1 million in scholarships.”

Ender’s skillful leadership has led to significant achievements and growth during his time at GRCC. Highlights of his tenure include the signing of 92 transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities, as well as area high schools; receiving more than $55 million in grants to support teaching and learning; and raising $21 million through the foundation for capital projects.

Ender, the first GRCC leader without Grand Rapids or Michigan roots, has served on the board of directors for The Right Place, Spectrum Health System, Talent 2025, YMCA, WMCAT, and Economics Club. He also served on the Michigan Community College Association Executive, Legislative and Strategic Planning committees; the Kent County Collective Impact Initiative for Children and Families Committee; and the United Way Visioning Council.

Prior to GRCC, Ender was president of Westmoreland Community College in Youngwood, Pa. A Richmond, Va., native, he has spent more than 40 years working in higher education, holding numerous teaching, counseling and administrative positions, as well as having published extensively in refereed journals and textbooks.

GRCC’s board of trustees voted April 17 to recognize Ender. He will be the second recipient of a President Emeritus Award from GRCC. Richard W. Calkins, the seventh leader of what was then Grand Rapids Junior College, was the first recipient.

Ender will be honored during commencement, which takes place at 7 p.m. April 28 at Ford Fieldhouse, 226 Lyon St. NE. This year, 1,650 students are eligible to graduate at the end of the fall 2016 semester or applied to graduate during the winter or summer 2017 semesters.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-17

Retiring GRCC president awarded emeritus status

April 17, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender, who will retire at the end of April, was awarded president emeritus status by the Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote on Monday, April 17.

Fewer students require remediation courses at Grand Rapids Community College

April 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fewer Grand Rapids Community College students need developmental education or remedial classes, officials reported to the Board of Trustees Monday, April 17.

Four high school seniors earn Grandville-Jenison Chamber scholarships

April 17, 2017; MLive

Four area high school seniors who excel in academics, extracurricular activities and serving their communities are this year’s winners of the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce scholarships.

… Scott (Kremers) plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and study hospitality and business management.