Speaker Biographies

Jeanne Arnold

Jeanne Arnold

Inclusion and Equity Office 
616-331-3296 arnoljea@gvsu.edu 

Dr. Jeanne Arnold was appointed as the inaugural Vice President for Inclusion and Equity at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) on January 7, 2008. Prior to joining GVSU, she served as the Executive Director of Affirmative Action (2003-2007) and as the Director of the African-American Resource Center (1995-2003) at the University of Pennsylvania. She also held an adjunct faculty appointment at the Graduate School of Social Work for three years. Arnold earned her doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a master's degree in Social Work. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Welfare from Penn State University.

Prior to practicing social work as a higher education administrator, Dr. Arnold served in more traditional social work settings. She held various positions including Adoption/Foster Care Specialist, Clinical Social Worker and Family Planning Counselor. While in her position as Director of Human Resources and Community Relations at Crime Prevention Association, Dr. Arnold served as a liaison to the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Arnold's personal accomplishments are complemented by her dedication to the community. She now serves on the board of the First Steps Commission, Heart of West Michigan United Way, Girl Scouts of West Michigan Shore to Shore and the Huntington Bank Women's Advisory Board. In addition, she is a member of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Community Action Committee, the YWCA Human Resources Committee, and the national board of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education. Jeanne is the President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Grand Rapids Chapter) and a Manuscript Reviewer for the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Jim Bachmeier

Jim Bachmeier

Finance and Administration Office 
616-331-2188 bachmeij@gvsu.edu 

James D. Bachmeier, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer, Board of Trustees, earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting Emphasis from Black Hills State University. He was awarded a Masters of Business Administration from Chadron State College.

Mr. Bachmeier has been in higher education since 1989 when he joined Western Nebraska Community College as controller and was promoted to Vice President of Finance and Administration in 1990. In 1994, Mr. Bachmeier was named one of the ten Outstanding Young Nebraskans. In 1995, Mr. Bachmeier joined the University as Assistant Vice President for Business and Finance and Assistant Treasurer, Board of the Trustees and was later promoted to Associate Vice President. In December 2006, Mr. Bachmeier was promoted to Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer, Board of Trustees. Mr. Bachmeier is responsible for facilities operations, facilities projects, budgets and financial reporting, human resources, campus security, athletics and the university's golf course. Mr. Bachmeier also oversees the economic development activities of the university, including the Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center and the West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative.

Mr. Bachmeier serves as a member of the Smartzone Local Development Financing Authority, Disability Network/Lakeshore, The West Michigan Strategic Alliance and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Bachmeier is a Certified Public Accountant.

Philip Batty

Philip Batty

Office of Institutional Analysis 
616-331-8650 battyp@gvsu.edu 

Philip Batty has served as GVSU's director of Institutional Analysis since 2004. The Office of Institutional Analysis compiles and distributes aggregate data about GVSU's students, personnel, processes, and environment. Its function is to provide support for empirical decision-making both within and outside the university.

Philip earned his PhD in Educational Psychology and Research from The University of Memphis. He also holds a master's degree from Tulane University and a B.A. from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Philip is shocked to discover that he has lived in Grand Rapids for longer than any other place in his adult life. It seems that he, his wife Julie, and their two daughters kinda like it here.

Lynn Blue

Lynn Blue

Office of Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Services 
616-331-2035 bluel@gvsu.edu 

Lynn Blue serves as Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Services and Information Technology at Grand Valley. Now, in her 44th year, Lynn has spent nearly her entire professional life at Grand Valley serving 35 years as the University Registrar before assuming the Vice Provost role. Lynn was the primary designer of the Student Assistance Centers which serve as the Last Stop Student Service Centers for Grand Valley.

She leads the enrollment development and planning effort for the University (EDPAC) and is involved in many recruitment, enrollment and retention initiatives.

Lynn earned her M.P.A degree from Grand Valley with an emphasis in Management. Her undergraduate work was completed at Grand Valley and Lansing Community College.

Thomas Butcher

Thomas Butcher

University Counsel 616-331-2067 
butchert@gvsu.edu 

Thomas A. Butcher, University Counsel, Grand Valley State University. Mr. Butcher joined Grand Valley in 1982 as the Assistant to the Personnel Officer and became its first general counsel in 1989, a position he continues to hold. He is a member of the GVSU Senior Management Team. During the summer of 1996, Mr. Butcher was selected to participate in the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University's School of Graduate Education. From 1998 to 2005, he served as a member of the Board of Education of the Hudsonville Public Schools. In 1999, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to travel throughout Germany and study its educational system. Mr. Butcher served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys from 1996-99. In 2007, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award conferred by National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Mr. Butcher earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in Business Administration and Industrial/Personnel Relations, with high honors, from Ferris State University and his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Jodi Chycinski

Jodi Chycinski

Admissions Office 
616-331-2025 chycinsj@gvsu.edu 

Jodi Chycinski serves as Director of Admissions at Grand Valley State University. Jodi joined the University in 1997 as Associate Director of Admissions and became Director of the department in May of 2000. With over twenty years of working in higher education, the majority of Jodi's focus has been on admissions and recruitment. Prior to coming to GVSU, she spent 8 years at Davenport College as both Director of Student Services and as an admissions counselor.

Jodi serves on the EDPAC committee for GVSU as well as leads various subgroups of EDPAC. Past experiences have included serving as treasurer for MACAC (Michigan Association of College Admissions Counseling), Chairperson of the Michigan ACT Council and is currently a member of the leadership team of the Kent County College Access Network.

Jodi earned her M.B.A from Western Michigan University along with a Post Master's Certificate in Enrollment Management from Capella University. Her undergraduate degree in Marketing is from Davenport College.

Maria Cimitile

Maria Cimitile

Provost Office  
616-331-2400 cimitilm@gvsu.edu 

Maria Cimitile is Academic Program and Curriculum Development Officer. Her responsibilities include overseeing the university curriculum, aiding units in curriculum improvement and development, and working with faculty and university offices on all curriculum issues. She is ex-officio on the University Curriculum Committee, the Online Education Council, and is the liaison to all curriculum committees at the university, and the Pew Teaching and Learning Center.

Prior to her current appointment in the Provost Office, Cimitile served as Interim Asst. Vice-President for Academic Affairs with responsibilities for curriculum, Asst. Director of General Education with responsibility in assessment, interim unithead in Geography for personal and annual reviews, and Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for three years with responsibilities in curriculum, strategic planning, assessment, student concerns, diversity initiatives, and advising. As a faculty member she served on the Faculty Salary and Budget Committee from 2001-2005, chairing the committee in 2004-5.

Cimitile has given a number of presentations on administrative topics (peer-reviewed and invited), including critical thinking, assessment, strategic planning, leadership development, and diversity. She is an institutional representative for the MI ACE Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education. Her own leadership development includes attending the HERS Bryn Mawr Institute, as well as a number of seminars on academic leadership.

Cimitile received her Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Memphis, her M.A. in philosophy from Villanova University and her A. B. in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross. She joined the GVSU Philosophy Department in 1999. Her areas of specialty are Feminist Philosophy, Contemporary European Philosophy, and Psychoanalysis and Political Theory. She currently serves on the Board of the Irigaray Circle, and is a frequent reviewer for academic journals that focus on feminist philosophy. She has been awarded the University Outstanding Teaching Award, the Pew Teaching Excellence Award, and the Educational Support Program Professor of the Year Award. Cimitile was also awarded the Barbara Jordan Award for her long-standing commitment to issues that affect women on campus.

William Crawley

William Crawley

College of Community & Public Service Dean's Office 
616-331-6850 crawleyw@gvsu.edu 

Dr. William Crawley is the Associate Dean of the College of Community and Public Service (CCPS) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Beginning as an instructor in Criminology, he earned the rank of tenured Associate Professor before moving into administration, initially as the Grant's Coordinator and subsequently Director of GVSU's School of Criminal Justice. In his current college role, Dr. Crawley has responsibilities for student support, faculty and staff development, alumni relations, strategic planning and assessment, community engagement, accreditation, and evaluation of personnel.

Crawley completed Harvard Graduate School of Education's Management Development Program (MDP) in 2008. In 2009, he served as the Director of the Japanese Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) in Hikone, Japan, where he was also a JCMU Academic Fellow. He was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at DePaul University in Chicago throughout the 2010-11 academic year, during which time he coordinated the development of the university's 10th college (The College of Science and Health).

Crawley holds two undergraduate degrees-a B.S. in Resource Management from Iowa State University and a B.A. from the University of Iowa in Asian Studies and Japanese Language. He continued his education at the University of South Carolina, receiving a Masters degree in Criminal Justice and a Graduate Certification in Drug & Alcohol Studies with an emphasis in Neuropsychopharmacology. Thereafter, he completed his doctoral studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Crawley's research interests center on Criminal Theory and Intelligence, Comparative and Transnational Crime, and Addiction Behaviors and Need for Treatment. He has been extensively involved in translational research initiatives linking criminal justice and community-based organizations for more than a decade (e.g., ADAM, Project Safe Neighborhoods, Weed & Seed, Michigan Intelligence Operations Center) and often involves graduate and undergraduate students in such efforts. In relation to these initiatives, since 2003 he has served as the Principle Investigator on more than 2 million dollars in federal and state level grants. Crawley worked for several years as a Coordinator for a Department of Justice (DOJ) research and intelligence initiative entitled Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program (ADAM). As part of this work Dr. Crawley conducted or directly supervised more than 3,000 criminal interviews.

Gayle Davis

Gayle Davis

Provost Office 
616-331-2400 davisgr@gvsu.edu 

Dr. Gayle Davis has been Grand Valley State University's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2002.

Dr. Davis earned her BA in French at Muskingum College in Ohio and her M.A.in art history and Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University. She completed much of her doctoral research in New York City as a Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. As a graduate student, she also was awarded a grant by the Canadian government to establish a slide registry of art by women in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the Art Gallery of Mt. Saint Vincent University.

Following completion of her PhD in 1981, Dr. Davis joined the faculty at Wichita State University. She was a member of the Women's Studies Department for 12 years and served two terms as the department's chairperson. Her multidisciplinary teaching and research focused on women's art and material culture, U.S. women's social history, and social movement theory. She was awarded several faculty honors at WSU, including the state's Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award. Davis also received a number of grants and fellowships to support her research in women's studies, resulting in publications as well as curated art exhibitions in her discipline.

In 1994, Dr. Davis moved into central administration as an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research at WSU. In addition to oversight of departmental budgets, personnel, and curriculum, she successfully chaired the self-study committee for the Higher Learning Commission's North Central Association reaccreditation site visit, led the university's revision of its merit evaluation process for faculty and professional staff, and established both the university's Center for Teaching and Research Excellence and its Academy for Effective Teaching.

Dr. Davis has always been active in professional and community organizations. While in Kansas, she served on the Wichita Commission on the Status of Women and the advisory board of Women in the Arts, Inc. She was a Board member and President of both the Kansas State Historical Society and the Kansas Humanities Council. Among her national activities were service as the Vice President of the American Culture Association and evaluation panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since taking her current administrative role at GVSU, Dr. Davis has served as a member of the Huntington Bank Women's Initiative Advisory Board, the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council Board, the Board of Art and Museum Commissioners, and the Goodwill Board of Directors. She served for two years as chair of the Academic Officers of the President's Council of the State Universities of Michigan. She was named in 2006 by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan, in 2008 she received the YWCA Tribute award for Professions, and in 2009 she was presented the Michigan American Council on Education (ACE) Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award.

Dr. Davis is married to Dr. Fred Kraft, Professor of Marketing at Grand Valley.

Nancy Giardina

Nancy Giardina

Provost Office 
616-331-2400 giardinn@gvsu.edu 

Nancy Giardina is currently Assistant Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Giardina holds a Doctorate of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters of Arts Degree from Montclair State University in Sports Administration and Coaching, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Rhode Island in Health and Physical Education.

Dr. Giardina's career in education spans 37 years, 30 of those years in higher education. Most recently, her Assistant Vice President position responsibilities include, oversight of university academic standards and policies, academic advising and instructional support services for students, appointing officer for the Student Academic Success Center and coordination of initiatives for student persistence, academic progress and degree completion. Previously in her Assistant Vice President position, she was responsible for oversight of undergraduate and graduate curriculum development and approval, oversight of university catalog and involvement in course schedule development. Dr. Giardina has been at Grand Valley since 1999, served as a faculty member in Movement Science and was Department Chairperson from 2000- 2005. In addition, she has served on numerous committees at the unit, college and university levels.

Previously, 1988-1999, Dr. Giardina served ten years as Coordinator for BS and MAT Teacher Certification programs in Movement Science at Montclair State University. Earlier in her higher education career, 1984-1988, Dr. Giardina was an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at St. Frances College in Brooklyn Heights, New York while completing her doctoral work at Columbia University.

Across her professional positions Dr. Giardina has experience in university administration, curriculum/program development activities, program assessment and evaluation, as well as faculty and staff development activities. She has served as a faculty mentor, administrator of teacher education programs and professor of graduate and undergraduate courses. Dr. Giardina has been engaged as a researcher, author, presenter, advisor of graduate research, advisor to undergraduate students, supervisor of internships and field experiences. She has teaching and administrative experience at the K-12 and community college levels in addition to four year institutions. Dr. Giardina has also served as an education consultant to K-12 school districts and education consultant to state government offices. She also has held leadership roles in professional organizations at state, district and national levels. Her commitment to high quality education for students and faculty/staff development at all levels has been well recognized by the many awards she has been honored to receive over the years.

Complementing the professional positions Dr. Giardina has held over the years is her participation in highly competitive, selective and prestigious leadership development programs for professionals aspiring to senior level positions in higher education institutions. These programs include, the American Council on Education ACE Fellows Program (2009-2010), the Office of Women in Higher Education Presidential Forum (2005), and the Mid-America HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration (2002).

While pursuing professional goals, her passion for classical music, boating, being physically active, and keeping personal journals has kept her grounded in the importance of personal relationships and valuing life every day.

Julia Guevara

Julia Guevara

Provost Office 
616-331-2400 guevaraj@gvsu.edu 

Julia A. Guevara, PhD, LMSW serves as an Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI where she also teaches in both graduate and undergraduate programs in the School of Social Work. Currently, Dr. Guevara is responsible for the University's strategic planning, program assessment, student outcomes and benchmarking activities as well as university, college and program re-accreditation processes. She has presented numerous assessment and strategic planning workshops at national conferences and serves as a peer site visitor for the Higher Learning Commission and the Council on Social Work Education.

As a social work practitioner Dr. Guevara has taught social work at the University of Tirana, Albania, and at a special program in Merida, Mexico. She has published and conducted student service learning and research projects in El Salvador since 1992 and has engaged in the study of human rights and international social work throughout Central America as well as Cuba since 1984.

She has extensive experience serving on numerous non-profit human service boards including the Kent County Department of Human Services Board, as well as service with professional social work organizations such as the Council on Social Work Education and the Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.

President Thomas Haas

President Thomas Haas

Office of the President 
616-331-2100 president@gvsu.edu 

President Thomas J. Haas is Grand Valley State University's fourth president.

During the past 29 years, Tom Haas has been a tenured faculty member, department chair, dean, vice president and president. Just prior to his appointment in 2006, Haas was president of the State University of New York Cobleskill. In addition to his appointment as president of Grand Valley, Haas has also been appointed professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

He is a 1973 honors graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He then earned a Master of Science (MS) in chemistry; another in environmental health sciences from The University of Michigan. Haas also holds a MS in human resources management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT). Fellowship experiences in higher education include Yale University Faculty Fellow and an American Council on Education Fellow at Western Michigan University. He completed executive leadership programs at Harvard University. He is a retired Captain after 23 years of commissioned service in the USCG.

Haas is an internationally recognized expert in hazardous material transportation, strategic planning and higher education leadership, and has published numerous articles in a variety of journals.

He is active in the community serving on the board for Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center, Grand Rapids Economic Club, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and Grand Rapids Opera. He is a member of the Grand Rapids Rotary Club, consultant and evaluator for North Central Association Higher Learning Commission and a Commissioner for the American Council of Education Commission on Effective Leadership. He is current chair of the Michigan Public Universities Presidents Council.

Haas has professional and personal ties to Michigan. Haas is married to Marcia (Knapp) Haas, who is a native of Union City and a graduate of Albion College. They have three children and four grandchildren and have other family living in Grand Rapids.  

Jon Jellema

Jon Jellema

Provost Office 
616-331-2400 jellemaj@gvsu.edu 

Jon Jellema first joined GVSU in 1972. He has held a variety of positions since that time, including Chair of UAS, Director of Liberal Studies, Chair of the English department, Assistant Dean of William James College, and Dean of Arts and Humanities Division. From 1994 to 2000 he served in the Michigan House of Representatives. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Teri Losey

Teri Losey

Office of the President 
616-331-2100 loseyt@gvsu.edu 

Teri L. Losey is Special Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. She has executive responsibility for the operations of the Office of the President at Grand Valley State University, serves as liaison to the university's eight-member Board of Trustees, and manages special projects. She is a member of the President's Senior Management Team, University Budget Committee and University Leadership Team.

Ms. Losey has worked in higher education in several roles and capacities at three universities in Michigan over a 35-year career. She earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University--her home town. Teri has worked in the Office of the President at Grand Valley for 21 years and was promoted to her current position in 2004. Additionally, her responsibilities include student ombudsman for the Office of the President, coordination of the university's annual Fall Arts Celebration, working with staff to plan the President's events both off and on campus and in the communities we serve. She also had the distinct pleasure recently of chairing the GVSU 50th Anniversary Celebration.

The role of Secretary to the Board of Trustees includes maintaining contact and relationships with current and former Board members, planning and executing Board meetings, and keeping the archival records of the Board. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, Association of Governing Boards, and the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education where she serves on the national conference planning committee.

She is a member of the local Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Association (CCFA) and serves as advisor to the student CCFA group at GVSU. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and an Honoris Causa member of Omicron Delta Kappa.

Sharon McDade

Sharon McDade

Division of Leadership and Lifelong Learning 202-939-9420 
smcdade@acenet.edu 

Sharon A. McDade is the director of the Emerging Leaders Group/ACE Fellows Program. Prior to joining American Council on Education (ACE), she served as director of the Center for Educational Transformation and Leadership, associate professor of higher education, and coordinator of the Higher Education Administration Program at The George Washington University.

Her research, teaching, and consulting has focused on the leadership development of higher education administrators, as well as the management of colleges and universities. McDade's recent research projects addressed the impact of and leadership development generated through leadership development programs, and included in-depth interviews with heads of higher education institutions in the United States and England about their leadership learning experiences. Among her publications on leadership and leadership development are: with Phyllis H. Lewis, Developing Administrative Excellence: Creating a Culture of Leadership, (1994); with Madeleine Green, Investing in Higher Education: A Handbook of Leadership Development,(1991); and Higher Education Leadership: Enhancing Skills through Professional Development Programs, (1988, ERIC/ASHE).

McDade has been involved with projects to launch leadership development programs for senior administrators in both the higher education and business worlds, in the United States and abroad. She has worked with presidential cabinets, trustees, and other leadership groups. She directed the Massachusetts Higher Education Executive Leadership Institute, sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education and funded by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. She was a member of the faculty of the National Association for Women in Educations (NAWE) Institute for Emerging Women Leaders and a member of NAWEs Senior Scholars panel. She serves as external evaluator for the Emerging Leaders in Academic Medicine program, sponsored by the School of Medicine of Drexel University, with an evaluation project funded through a five-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She created and taught a multiyear Leadership Institute serving the senior management of Midlantic National Bank of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, since merged with Pittsburgh National Bank. Previously, she was director for all Institute for Educational Management higher education programs at Harvard University (MA), including the Institute for Educational Management, the Management Development Program (which she founded), and the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents (which she co-founded). She served on the board of directors of the American Association for Higher Education from 1988 to 1992.

McDade earned an Ed.D. in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard's Graduate School of Education, an MFA in design and theater technology from The Ohio State University, and a BS from Miami University (OH).

Matt McLogan

Matt McLogan

University Relations Office 
616-331-2190 mcloganm@gvsu.edu 

Matthew E. McLogan is Vice President for University Relations. He has executive responsibility for state and federal government relations, public and media relations, publications, institutional marketing and advertising, and the university's radio and television stations. He is a member of the Executive Cabinet and the Budget Committee.

Prior to joining GVSU in September, 1987, McLogan spent six years as Public Service Commissioner for the State of Michigan. The PSC regulates the state's investor-owned electric, gas, telephone and water utilities. At the time of his appointment to the PSC in 1981, McLogan was a journalist and news executive at WOOD-TV Grand Rapids, which he had joined in 1972.

McLogan was an adjunct faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College (1975-81), where he taught political science; he has also been an adjunct instructor in the GVSU School of Public Administration and in the department of political science. He was a faculty member of the annual Regulatory Studies Program at Michigan State University, 1983-87.

McLogan has served on a number of governmental boards and commissions. In 1991 he was appointed by the federal judges for the Western District of Michigan to the courts Civil Justice Advisory Committee. In 1992 he was appointed by the Governor to the Utility Consumer Participation Board, a consumer protection activity of state government; he became chairman in 1993 and served in that capacity until 2002. In 1996 he was appointed by the Governor to a four-year term on the State Officers Compensation Commission, the statutory body which sets salary levels for Michigan's elected state officials; he was chairman from 1998 to 2000. In 2002 the Governor appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Broadband Development Authority, on which he served through 2007.

McLogan has served on the Boards of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Public Education Fund, Frederik Meijer Gardens, and Opera Grand Rapids.

McLogan holds BA and MA degrees from Western Michigan University. A Michigan native, he was born in Flint in 1948. He is married to Jane L. Brierley; they are the parents of three children: Katherine (b. 1985), Molly (b. 1988) and Timothy (b. 1992).

Bart Merkle

Bart Merkle

Dean of Students Office/Vice Provost 
616-331-3585 merkleb@gvsu.edu 

Bart Merkle serves as Vice Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at Grand Valley where he has been the senior student affairs officer since his arrival in 1984. Previously, he served in several student affairs roles including: Acting Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Students at Tulane University; Associate Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Career Planning & Placement/Hall Director at Kalamazoo College; and Admissions Counselor at Hope College.

Bart earned the B.A. degree with a major in political science from Hope College and the M.A. and Ed.D. degrees in Counseling and Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Western Michigan University. In addition to his administrative role at Grand Valley, he teaches in the Higher Education graduate program offered through the College of Education.

Bart and his wife, Anne, who is an Associate Librarian at Grand Valley, met as undergraduates at Hope College and married in 1971. They have five children, six grandchildren, and they enjoy bicycling, kayaking, sailing, horses, and breeding/showing Labrador Retrievers.

Noreen Myers

Noreen Myers

Board of Trustees, Vice Chair 
 

Noreen Myers is a private practice attorney at law in Lowell, Michigan, specializing in employment law and workers compensation.

Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Noreen Myers to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2005. Myers currently serves as the Board's vice chair and also serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.

For two decades, Myers has been a leader in numerous political campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. She is a founding member of the Progressive Women's Alliance's Board of Directors.

Myers is a Grand Valley State University alumnae with a B.A. in political science, and she holds a J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School. She has also completed graduate work in political philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and Georgetown University.

Michelle Rhodes

Michelle Rhodes

Financial Aid Office 
616-331-3234 rhodesmi@gvsu.edu 

Michelle Rhodes is the Director of Financial Aid at Grand Valley State University. Michelle has been at GVSU for six years and has experience in both the Financial Aid Office and the Registrar's Office, where she served as the Associate Registrar for over three years. Michelle earned her M.B.A. from GVSU in 2007. She also has a B.B.A. from Western Michigan University with an emphasis in Business Statistics.

Michelle is a member of several university committees, where she focuses on the financial aid perspective of recruitment, enrollment, and retention.

Mark Schaub

Mark Schaub

Barbara H. Padnos International Center 
616-331-3898 schaubm@gvsu.edu 

Mark Schaub is an Assoc. Professor of Writing, and serves as GVSU's Chief International Officer. Prior to coming to GVSU in 1999, he was Director of the Writing Program at American University in Cairo, where he worked for nearly seven years. He has also been a Fulbright scholar to Cracow University of Economics (Poland), for a semester in 2006.

In addition to AUC and CUE, Mark has studied at and taught at a range of US institutions in a range of disciplines. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy at the small liberal arts college, Lakeland College (Sheboygan WI). His Masters of Fine Arts degree is in Creative Writing, from Wichita State University (KS). He completed his PhD in Rhetoric & Composition at Purdue University, with a dissertation on the administration of a second language writing program.

Mark and his wife, Gayle, have two sons, one studying at GVSU and the other a junior in Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Wendy Wenner

Wendy Wenner

Deans Office-Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies 
616-331-8655 wennerw@gvsu.edu 

Wendy J. Wenner has been an integral part of Grand Valley State University since she began her career with the university in 1988 and is currently the dean of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Wenner earned her B.A. in British and American Literature at Carleton College in Minnesota, her M.A.T. in English/Urban Education/Secondary Education from Northwestern University in Illinois, and her Ph.D. in Eighteenth Century British Literature from Marquette University in Wisconsin. Her first job was teaching African-American children who lived in poverty at Lucy Flower High School on Chicago's west side. Changed by the lives she touched and motivated to help others change their lives, she was compelled to further her education. In 1984, she moved to Wisconsin where she continued working in higher education and began to pursue her Ph.D.

In 1988, Wenner began her career at Grand Valley State University as a visiting instructor in the Department of English and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995. As an advocate for change, she rose to associate dean and then to associate vice president for academic affairs. In her role in the provost's office, she helped reduce pay disparity between men and women and helped establish a procedure for setting and reviewing salaries that ensures equitable pay for both genders.

In 2004, Wenner was charged with developing a new college within Grand Valley, the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, that includes General Education, Women and Gender Studies, Padnos International Center, Area Studies, Liberal Studies, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, the Community Sustainable Development Initiative, Frederick Meijer Writing Center, Center for Excellence in Science and Math Education, Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, and the Honors College. Under her leadership in sustainability, Grand Valley was named one of the top 25 green universities in the country.



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