Two of Grand Valley's colleges can lay claim to having a former university president among the faculty members who are teaching classes in the fall semester.
President Emeritus Thomas J. Haas teaches courses for the College of Education and Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. And like other faculty members, Haas spent his summer preparing content as well as learning new methods of teaching remotely.
It was a productive and busy summer, he said.
"Knowing I needed to engage in new modalities and learn Blackboard and Banner, I reached out to faculty colleagues, took a Magna online course, aligned my course outlines with others who have taught, added my own perspectives, and participated in new faculty orientation," Haas said.
Haas served as Grand Valley's president from 2006-2019 and committed to teaching classes after he retired.