Michael Gouin-Hart was recently named the new director of the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Before joining Grand Valley in mid-April, he worked in a similar capacity for Spectrum Health, administering grants and contracts and helping investigators develop and submit proposals.
Gouin-Hart was the lead developer for the Spectrum Health team that secured a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to fund expansion of the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners’ family medicine residency program. He said the grant helped create Spectrum's Family Medicine Residency Center, which largely treats underserved populations.
Gouin-Hart earned a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in health care administration from Grand Valley in 2013, following a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership from Grand Valley. He also earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and writing from Kalamazoo College. He said moving his career into a higher education setting had been a goal.
"Working at a liberal arts education institution like Grand Valley aligns with my values and interests," he said. "I am honored to follow Chris Chamberlain in this role; she established a great foundation here."
Prior to his work at Spectrum Health, Gouin-Hart was the executive director of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics at Boston University.
Gouin-Hart said he plans to raise the visibility of the Office of Sponsored Programs and the services it offers to students, faculty, and staff members through outreach and networking.
OSP has two events planned for May: “Laker Effects,” a celebration of external grant recipients, is set for May 12 at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids; May 18-20, an intensive training course, “Fundamentals of Sponsored Programs Agreements,” will be led by experts from the National Council of Research Administrators at the Eberhard Center.
To register for the training course, call OSP at x16826.