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March 12, 2018


Longtime head of Facilities Planning to retire

James Moyer, associate vice president for Facilities Planning and member of the President's Cabinet, is retiring March 31.

During Moyer's 22-year career at Grand Valley, he managed the development of more than four million square feet of expansion at the university, including major building projects at the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses and centers in Muskegon.

Examples include the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, L. William Seidman Center, John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, Muskegon Innovation Hub, P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science, Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, Kelly Family Sports Center, and several living centers.

Moyer came to Grand Valley as director of Facilities Planning in 1996; he was promoted to assistant vice president in 2004 and associate vice president in 2012. He earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Howard University in 1971 and has held memberships in the American Institute of Architects, U.S. Green Building Council, National Organization of Minority Architects, Association of Physical Plant Administrators, and more.

"James is an inspirational leader and gifted professional," said D. Scott Richardson, acting vice president for Finance and Administration. "He will always be known for the positive changes he made on our campuses, not just in facilities, but in so many other ways."

James Moyer headshot

James Moyer

A retirement celebration for Moyer will be held March 28, 4-6 p.m. in the Alumni House, with remarks at 4:30 p.m.

Effective April 1, Karen Ingle will assume the role of associate vice president for Facilities Planning. Ingle is currently a senior project manager and team leader in Facilities Planning.

Ingle first came to Grand Valley in 1996 and has served as a plant engineer and project manager. She has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.

Also effective April 1, Shannon Sullivan, senior project manager and team leader, will be promoted to director of construction, and Jim Flanders, project manager 2, will be promoted to senior project manager.


DeHaan named director of public safety

Capt. Brandon DeHaan has been named director of public safety and chief of police at Grand Valley. DeHaan had been serving as acting director and chief since October 2017; the promotion is effective immediately.

DeHaan was hired as an officer in the Grand Valley Police Department in 1987. He was promoted to sergeant in 1997 and in 2004 was promoted to assistant director of public safety services and then captain. DeHaan is also the Clery compliance officer for GVPD.

"Captain DeHaan is highly experienced and his longtime service and leadership in the department have been recognized by our campus community," said D. Scott Richardson, acting vice president for Finance and Administration. "We are confident that he will continue to move us forward in providing a safe learning and living environment for the entire Grand Valley community."

Brandon DeHaan headshot

Brandon DeHaan


Conferences impact local economy, grants available

Regional or national conferences held in Grand Rapids between 2017-2020 and spearheaded by Grand Valley faculty members will have a local economic impact of more than $3.9 million.

Faculty members have received grants from Experience Grand Rapids, which awards between $250-$1,000 (depending on the estimated number of participants) to help facilitate costs associated with hosting a conference in West Michigan.

For more information, contact Nancy Ruppert at (616) 233-3549 or

Below is a list of conferences that have been or will be facilitated by faculty members between 2017-2020, and the estimated economic impact of each event.

Peter Anderson, professor of Classics, is pictured at a 2017 American Classical League conference

Photo by Megan Dunn
Peter Anderson, professor of Classics, is pictured at a 2017 American Classical League conference he helped bring to Grand Valley with help from an Experience Grand Rapids grant.

• Annual Institute of the American Classical League 2017; Peter Anderson, professor of Classics, received a $750 grant; event economic value: $276,186.

• Society for Ecological Restoration Midwest Meeting 2017; Todd Aschenbach, associate professor of biology, received a $750 grant; event economic value: $183,228.

• Agricultural History Society Annual Convention 2017; David Zwart, assistant professor of history, received a $750 grant; event economic value: $204,230.  

• The Privilege Institute's White Privilege Conference 2018; C.J. Mehall, affiliate professor of teaching and learning, received a $1,000 grant; estimated event economic value: $1.58 million.

• Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science SIPS Conference 2018; Katherine Corker, assistant professor of psychology, received a $750 grant; estimated event economic value: $104,954.

• Association for Research in Personality Biennial ARP Conference 2019; Corker received a $750 grant; estimated event economic value: $178,774.  

• American Association of Physics Teachers AAPT Summer National Meeting 2020;  Bradley Ambrose, professor of physics, received a $1,000 grant; estimated event economic value: $1.41 million.

Experience Grand Rapids measures the economic value of an event and its return on investment for the local economy using the Destination International’s Event Impact Calculator. 


Voting continues for Laker Effect Challenge

Online voting for projects submitted for the winter semester Laker Effect Challenge continues through Wednesday, March 14.

The challenge invites teams of students, faculty and staff, plus a community partner to enter projects that could create lasting change; 21 projects have been submitted.

Projects can be viewed online at Seven projects with the most votes will be invited to give five-minute presentations on April 12 at the Eberhard Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Judges will award a total of $5,000 to either one team or several winning teams; the winning poster will receive $500. Details about the competition timeline are online at

In December, a Kirkhof College of Nursing team won the fall semester Laker Effect Challenge and $3,000 to support "Moms to Moms Breastfeeding Support," a project to increase awareness and education of breastfeeding among area African American communities. Two other teams each won $1,000, and a poster team earned $500.


Shakespeare Festival committee seeks campus partners

This fall will mark the 25th anniversary of the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival, the largest and longest running festival of its kind in Michigan.

"A Silver Coronation: The Grand Valley Shakespeare Effect" will offer a retrospective on the history of the annual festival's impact on not only the campus and West Michigan communities, but global audiences. 

The Shakespeare Festival Committee is currently seeking opportunities for campus partners to connect with the festival's mainstage production of "King Lear."

Monica Johnstone, director of communications and advancement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and committee member, said one example of involvement is Steve Snell, arborist, who plans to plant some of the 23 plants mentioned in the play in the Shakespeare Garden.

Johnstone said possible ways to connect with "King Lear" could include Shakespeare-inspired course elements or co-curricular activities. A list of Shakespeare Festival campus tie-ins can be found online at For more information, contact Johnstone at


GVPD give tips in event of active threat

Following the March 2 shooting at Central Michigan University, the Grand Valley Police Department is reminding the campus community how to respond during an active threat on campus.

GVPD said remember the rule: run, hide, fight.


• Have an escape route plan in mind;

• Leave your belongings;

• Keep your hands visible;

• Do not pull a fire alarm. This can put others in harm’s way;

• Keep objects or buildings between you and the hostile intruder.


• Hide in an area out of the suspect's view;

• Lock all doors and place objects to block or barricade entry into your hiding place;

stacking chairs against doors

Photo by Valerie Wojceichowski
During an active shooter demonstration, participants stack chairs and desks against a door.   

• Turn off lights, silence cellphones, close blinds;

• Dial 911 only when safe to do so.


• As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger;

• Act with others to incapacitate the suspect;

• Act with physical aggression and throw items at the suspect.

For more information, including how to respond during other emergencies, like a fire, tornado or bomb threat, visit