Bill Pink Officially Voted as Next President of Ferris State University

Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees officially voted to name Bill Pink as its next president Friday.

Pink is currently the president of Grand Rapids Community College, but he will begin his time as president for Ferris State University on July 11. He will be the first African-American president in Ferris’ history.

“I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for the honor they have given me and the confidence they have in me to become the next president of Ferris State University,” Pink said. “Ferris has a long and proud tradition in higher education that extends more than 135 years. Ferris embodies its core values of collaboration, diversity, ethical community, excellence, learning and opportunity. These foundational principles will be at the heart of the work we continue to do moving Ferris forward. I also thank Dr. David Eisler for his many years of guiding the university.”

The search for a the next president for Ferris started in 2021 with a 25-member search advisory committee. Pink was announced as the selected finalist to become the next president on March 28.

The former president, David Eisler, is retiring after 19 years, but the trustees approved retiring President Eisler’s request to return to Ferris as a faculty member after a sabbatical leave for the 2022-23 academic year.