April 22, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College graduates will hear a keynote address from an alumna who has spent almost her entire life with Grand Rapids Public Schools.
Retiring GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal will address the graduates during GRCC’s commencement at 7 p.m. April 26 in the newly renovated Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE.
“Superintendent Neal’s vision and leadership will continue to have a tremendous impact on Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Grand Rapids as a whole,” GRCC President Bill Pink said. “She was the right person at the right time for our children, and changes set in place under her direction will improve the education and lives of city students for years to come. We welcome her home to GRCC, and as our keynote speaker, she will inspire those following in her footsteps as GRCC graduates.”
Neal has been with the Grand Rapids district since she was 4 years old, first as a K-12 student and then as a student worker, administrative assistant, coordinator of compliance, and assistant superintendent before rising to the role of superintendent in 2012.
She earned an Associate of Arts from what was then Grand Rapids Junior College before earning a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Michigan University, and an honorary doctorate from GVSU. She is also a graduate of the Michigan Leadership Institute’s Superintendent Leadership Academy.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.