Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs
202 Student Services Building
Marlene Kowalski-Braun has worked in higher education for the past 22 years and began at GVSU in 1996, she is currently the Marlene Kowalski-Braun serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs with the Division of Student Services and the Assistant Vice President for Inclusion and Equity with the Division of Inclusion & Equity. Kowalski-Braun is involved in a variety of higher education associations. Within the National Student Personnel Association (NASPA), she served on the Center for Women and is the past chair of the National Knowledge Community Chair for Women in Student Affairs (WISA). Outside of NASPA, she was the President of the Great Lakes Association of Housing Officers (GLACUHO), a member of the advisory council for Women’s Centers through the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), was chosen to be a Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) women’s leadership participant, served on the ATHENA International Board, and is a current board member and past institutional representative, conference chair and state coordinator of the Michigan American Council on Education (ACE) Network for Women leaders in Higher Education. Marlene has received professional honors including the Ball State University Outstanding Graduate Student in higher education, the Grand Valley State University Maxine Swanson and Commitment to Diversity Awards, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) National Mid-Level Professional Award and has an award named after her through the NASPA IV-East Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community. In her local community, she serves on the boards of the Grandville Avenue Arts Academy (which serves Latino/a youth) and BLEND (an organization that supports the professional and social development of young professionals of color).
Marlene earned her bachelor’s degree at Central Michigan University, her master’s degree from Ball State University, and her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University.