New leader of GRCC Lakeshore Campus has strong ties to Ottawa County

The new executive director of Grand Rapids Community College’s Lakeshore Campus brings experience in technical education and strong ties to Ottawa County.

Cameron Buck steps into his new role this week, overseeing the 50,000-square-foot campus, at 12335 James St. in Holland.

Buck most recently worked for the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, the past three years as executive director of career and technical education. He also served as an assistant principal at the Kent Career Technical Center and worked for the Ottawa Intermediate School District for nine years.

“GRCC has a long-standing tradition of excellence in education and community engagement, and I am eager to build upon that legacy,” he says. “My goal is to ensure that the Lakeshore Campus continues to be a beacon of opportunity and hope, providing an accessible education, a supportive learning environment for all, and innovative programs aligned to the needs of Lakeshore employers.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching and a master’s in educational and instructional technology, both from Western Michigan University. He also holds K-12 Administrator Certification from the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals’ Path to Leadership program.
Buck said he’s excited about his new position.

GRCC consolidated programs offered at four Ottawa County sites at a centralized Lakeshore Campus in 2021. Students can complete programs at the Lakeshore for an associate of arts, associate of general studies, associate of applied arts and sciences-industrial maintenance technology, and certificates in industrial maintenance, tooling and manufacturing, and welding. 

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