Ruth Stegeman
Assistant Dean, Director for Community Engagement

As GVSU’s Director for Community Engagement, Ruth serves the university as a whole.
Ruth earned an undergraduate degree in Education at Calvin College and her M.A. in English at Western Michigan University. She began her career in teaching, first at Pine Rest Christian Hospital and then with Calvin College’s Academic Support Program. However, most of her professional career has been in social justice and systems change work, including 18 years as Executive Director of Disability Network/Lakeshore. She has also worked as a professional consultant with a focus on dialogue, mental models, and models of change to enhance leadership, performance, and partner relationships.





Advisory Committee Members 

Maria Cimitile, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

William Crawley, Associate Dean, College of Community and Public Service

Jill Dooley, Senior Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations University Development

Erin Fisher, Library Program Manager, University Libraries

Shirley Fleischmann, Professor of Engineering, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Sridhar Sundaram, Associate Dean, Seidman College of Business

Cynthia Grapzynski, Professor of Occupational Therapy, Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences

Simone Jonaitis, Executive Director, Continuing Education, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Cynthia McCurren, Dean, Kirkhof College of Nursing
Shaily Menon, Associate Dean of Professional Development and Administration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Bart Merkle, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Jean Nagelkerk, Vice Provost, Office of the Vice Provost for Health
Jeff Potteiger, Dean, Graduate Studies
Robert Smart, Vice Provost for Research Administration
David Bair, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Educational Partnerships, College of Education
Heather Wallace-Renter, Professor of Nursing, Kirkhof College of Nursing
Pat Waring, Community Relations Director, Office of the President



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