Josh Jacobson brings an extensive higher education background to his position at Grand Valley's Traverse City Regional Center.
Jacobson is the student services coordinator and assists students in northern Michigan with admissions, financial aid, advising and scheduling questions. He had worked at Northwestern Michigan College, in Traverse City, in a role that encompassed financial aid and admissions, and he spent a lot of time on the road at recruitment events.
Jacobson serves as chair of enrollment management committee for the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. This role carries over from his time at NMC.
He also managed NMC's admissions email communications with students and its social media platforms. "I figured I had sent about 600,000 emails in a year," Jacobson said.
Jacobson earned a bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University in Biblical studies in 2010. After graduation he worked for an online institution, Christian University GlobalNet, managing articulation agreements with other institutions and student enrollment.
"I am happy to be working for Grand Valley," he said. "I truly believe in the university's mission statement."
A native of Traverse City, Jacobson said knowing the area and its people helps him work with students.
"It's important to be able to understand the dynamics of the students, including adult learners, so they have someone they can relate to," he said.
Jacobson and his young family live in Interlochen and raise chickens.