Three GOCC leaders retiring

Dr. David H. Devier, Glen Oaks Community College (GOCC) president, plus Robert Kuhlman and Valorie Juergens, President Council members. All are retiring effective Sunday, June 30. (Courtesy Glen Oaks Community College)

After more than a decade of leading Glen Oaks Community College (GOCC), President Dr. David H. Devier will retire on Sunday, June 30.

Devier has served as president of GOCC, Centreville, Michigan, since 2010. He has overseen significant improvements to the college, including expanded programs, improved financial stability, and the completion of major campus renovations, the college stated.

Devier also strengthened partnerships with local businesses and industries during his tenure and helped the college navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“His legacy at GOCC will not only include these physical improvements but also his innovative approaches to increasing educational access for local students,” GOCC stated. “He has made a real difference in the lives of thousands of students at GOCC and has left an indelible mark on the college.”

Upon retirement, Devier and his wife, Patty, will return to their roots in Ada, Ohio. However, Devier will remain connected to GOCC. He will continue to teach a fall course and serve as the owner’s representative for the southside renovation project.

“The college community expresses profound gratitude for Devier’s decade of transformative leadership and unwavering dedication,” GOCC stated. “His visionary approach has not only shaped the present but has also charted a promising course for Glen Oaks Community College in the future.”

GOCC also announces the retirement of two esteemed President Council members, Robert Kuhlman and Valorie Juergens, also effective Sunday, June 30.

Director of Institutional Innovation Robert Kuhlman has been instrumental in developing GOCC’s emergency operating procedures, the college stated. His experience also includes guiding grant development initiatives, managing the athletic department, and strengthening relationships with K-12 administrators and the community.

“With a distinguished career in education, Kuhlman previously served as Interim Superintendent for Three Rivers Schools, Superintendent for Centreville and Mendon Schools, and Principal at Vicksburg High School,” GOCC stated.

Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Valorie Juergens has dedicated 12 years to GOCC. Her extensive experience in public relations and higher education includes roles at Eastern Michigan University, the University of Toledo and  Western Michigan University.

Juergens’ experience spans community outreach, media relations, marketing, and student recruitment across university and corporate environments. Her ability to wear many hats and adapt to various roles has been a true asset, according to GOCC.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Rob and Val for their significant contributions and wish them a fulfilling retirement,” GOCC stated.