Office of the President

Board of Trustees

David S. Hooker
Grand Rapids

David Hooker was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2011. He currently serves as Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Hooker is President of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Hooker holds a bachelor of arts degree from Kenyon College and a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Term expires 2018

John C. Kennedy
Grand Rapids

John Kennedy was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2011. He currently serves as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Kennedy is President of Autocam Corporation. Kennedy holds a bachelor of arts degree from University of Detroit Mercy and holds a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Kennedy also served on the GVSU board from 2002-2004.

Term expires 2018

Mary L. Kramer
Detroit

Mary Kramer was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2013. She currently serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Kramer is Publisher of Crain's Detroit Business and Corporate Vice President of its parent company, Crain Communications. She holds a Bachelor's degree in arts and media from Grand Valley State University and a Master's degree in integrated marketing communications from Eastern Michigan University.

Term expires 2020

Shelley E. Padnos, Chair
Douglas

Shelley Padnos was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2007. Padnos currently serves as the Board's Chair and also serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. Padnos is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Company. Padnos holds a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School.

Term expires 2014

John G. Russell
East Lansing

John Russell was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2013.  He currently serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. Russell is President and Chief Executive Officer of CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Jackson-based Consumers Energy.  He earned a Bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University and completed Harvard University's Management Development Program.

Tern expires 2020

Michael D. Thomas, Vice Chair

Freeland

Michael Thomas was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2007. He currently serves as the Board's Vice Chair and also serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. Thomas is Special Michigan Assistant Attorney General in Genesee County. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Rutgers University School of Law.

Term expires 2014

David L. Way
DeWitt

David Way was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2009. He currently serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. He is a contract negotiator with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 951 in Grand Rapids. Previously Way was responsible for logistics and distribution in the retail industry. Way attended Grand Valley State University and Lansing Community College.

Term expires 2016

Kate Pew Wolters
Grand Rapids

Kate Pew Wolters was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2013.  She currently serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Wolters is President of the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation and Chair of the Steelcase Foundation. She holds a master's degree in social work from Michigan State University and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Aquinas College.

Term expires 2016


 

 

Thomas J. Haas, Ph.D., ex officio

 

Donna K. Brooks, L.H.D., Honorary Life Member

 

Dorothy A. Johnson, L.H.D., Honorary Life Member

 

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