Current Trustees

Victor Cardenas

Victor M. Cardenas

Hometown: Novi, Michigan

Victor Cardenas was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2015. Cardenas currently Chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. Cardenas is Assistant City Manager for the City of Novi. Trustee Cardenas holds a bachelor of science degree from Grand Valley State University and a master's degree in Public Administration from Indiana University.

Term expires 2022


Randall Damstra

Randall S. Damstra

Hometown: Ada, Michigan

Randall Damstra was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2017. He currently serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. Damstra is the Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Private Equity for Ottawa Avenue Private Capital, LLC, a division of RDV Corporation. Trustee Damstra holds a bachelor of arts degree from Grand Valley State University and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Term expires 2024


David Hooker

David S. Hooker

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

David Hooker was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2011. He currently serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Hooker is President and Chief Executive Officer of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Trustee Hooker holds a bachelor of arts degree from Kenyon College and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Term expires 2018


John Kennedy

John C. Kennedy, Chair

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

John Kennedy was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2011. He currently serves as the Board's Chair and also serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. Kennedy is President and Chief Executive Officer of Autocam Medical. Kennedy holds a bachelor of arts degree from University of Detroit Mercy and holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Kennedy also served on the GVSU board from 2002-2004.

Term expires 2018


Mary Kramer

Mary L. Kramer, Vice Chair

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Mary Kramer was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2013. She currently serves as the Board's Vice Chair and also serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Kramer is Publisher of Crain's Detroit Business and Corporate Vice President of its parent company, Crain Communications. She holds a bachelor's degree in arts and media from Grand Valley State University and a master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University.

Term expires 2020


John Russell

John G. Russell

Hometown: East Lansing, Michigan

John Russell was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2013. He currently serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. Russell is Chairman of the Board of CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Jackson-based Consumers Energy. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University and completed Harvard University's Management Development Program.

Term expires 2020


Megan Sall

Megan S. Sall

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Megan Sall was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2015. She currently Chairs the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Sall is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Wyoming. Sall holds a bachelor of arts degree from Grand Valley State University and a master's degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University.

Term expires 2022


Kate Pew Wolters

Kate Pew Wolters

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kate Pew Wolters was reappointed for a third time to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2017 after serving a 4-year term from 2013-2016 and an 8-year term from 2005-2012. She currently serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Wolters is President of the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation and Chair of the Steelcase Foundation. She holds a master's degree in social work from Michigan State University and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Aquinas College.

Term expires 2024


Thomas J. Haas, Ph.D., ex officio

Donna K. Brooks, L.H.D., Honorary Life Member

Dorothy A. Johnson, L.H.D., Honorary Life Member



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