Dr. Charles Lepper began his role as Grand Rapids Community College’s 11th president in January 2023. A creative and innovative leader in higher education, he has more than 25 years of experience at universities and community colleges.
Prior to his role at Grand Rapids Community College, Dr. Lepper served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Salt Lake Community College. He has also held leadership positions at Tidewater Community College as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Ivy Tech Community College serving as the Statewide Assistant Vice President for Student Development Services, the Statewide Director of Faculty Development and Student Life Initiatives as well as the system’s institutional liaison to the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. Lepper earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources and Personnel Management from Ball State University; a Master of Education in Secondary, Higher and Adult Education from Grand Valley State University; and his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Administration from Indiana State University. As an active ISU alum, he is currently serving on the Department of Educational Leadership – Student Affairs and Higher Education Leadership Advisory Board.