Board of Trustees

Grand Valley State University is an institution of higher education created by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and governed by the Board of Trustees. The Board consists of eight members appointed by the Michigan governor and confirmed by the Senate. Trustees serve eight-year terms.

A strong liberal education serves as the foundation for Grand Valley State University's wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs, fostering critical thinking, creative problem solving, and cultural understanding. Through personalized learning enhanced by active scholarship, we accomplish our mission of educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.

Current Trustees

Mikyia Aaron

Mikyia S. Aaron

Hometown: Taylor, Michigan

Mikyia Aaron was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2021. She currently serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Aaron is a labor attorney in Detroit. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and criminal justice from Grand Valley State University, a master's degree in criminal justice and corrections from Wayne State University, and her Juris Doctor from University of Detroit Mercy.

Term expires 2028


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 Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Cardenas is Assistant City Manager for the City of Novi. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Grand Valley State University in 2000 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 Chairs 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 earned a bachelor of arts degree from Grand Valley State University in 1982 and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Term expires 2024


Elizabeth Emmitt

Elizabeth C. Emmitt

Hometown: Byron Center, Michigan

Elizabeth (Beth) Emmitt was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2019. She currently serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. Emmitt is an Advisor for Spectrum Health. Previously, she worked for the State of Michigan and served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Rick Snyder. Trustee Emmitt holds a bachelor of arts degree from Hope College.

Term expires 2026


Susan Jandernoa

Susan M. Jandernoa, Vice Chair

Hometown: West Olive, Michigan

Susan Jandernoa was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2019. She currently serves as the Board's Vice Chair and also serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Jandernoa is a former elementary school teacher in East Grand Rapids and now dedicates much of her time to community service. Trustee Jandernoa holds a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University. 

Term expires 2026


Noreen Myers

Noreen K. Myers

Hometown: East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Noreen Myers was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2021. She currently serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. Myers is a private practice attorney from East Grand Rapids. She previously served on the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2012. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Grand Valley State University and her Juris Doctor from Thomas Cooley Law School. 

Term expires 2028


Megan Sall

Megan S. Rydecki, Chair

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Megan Rydecki was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2015. She currently serves as the Board's Chair and also serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. Rydecki is the Community Affairs Manager for Kent County for Consumers Energy. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Grand Valley State University in 2007 and a master's degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University in 2009.

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


Philomena V. Mantella, Ph.D., ex officio

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

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

John C. Kennedy, D.P.S., Honorary Life Member


Board Office

Matthew E. McLogan
Vice President, University Relations
Secretary, Board of Trustees
3080 James H. Zumberge Hall
(616) 331-2190
mcloganm@gvsu.edu

Cori Kahler
Project Specialist for Presidential Initiatives and Board Relations
3035 James H. Zumberge Hall
(616) 331-2163
kahlerco@gvsu.edu