In May 2009, Dr. Steven C. Ender became the ninth president of Grand Rapids Community College. During his more than 30 years in higher education, Dr. Ender has held numerous teaching, counseling and administrative positions and has published extensively in refereed journals as well as textbooks. His most recent professional position prior to the GRCC presidency was serving as president of Westmoreland Community College. A Richmond, Virginia native, Dr. Ender holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Virginia Commonwealth University; master's and doctoral degrees in education from the University of Georgia; and has completed post-doctoral studies at The Snowmass Institute in Snowmass, Colorado and Harvard University.
Among his honors and achievements, in 2002 Dr. Ender was named to the National Advisory Board for "Helping Teens Succeed," a college transition program. He received the Pennsylvania Association for Developmental Educators Award for Research and Publication in 1998, and the Award for Excellence from the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh in 1993. As a young man, he achieved Eagle Scout status.
Dr. Ender serves on the Right Place Board of Directors; Spectrum Health System Board, Talent 20/25 Board of Directors; YMCA Corporate Board of Directors; WMCAT Board of Directors; Economics Club Board of Directors; MCCA Legislative Committee; MCCA Strategic Planning Committee; Kent County Collective Impact Initiative for Children and Families Committee; and United Way Visioning Council.
Dr. Ender resides in Grand Rapids with his wife, Karen Gislason Ender, and is the father of two adult children, Joanna DiCiurcio and Mason Ender.