Office of the Provost Staff

Gayle R. Davis

Maria C. Cimitile
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2400

Biography


Chris Plouff

Assessment, Accreditation, & Planning

Chris Plouff
Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2400

Areas of Responsibility

  • Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning Commission
  • University Accreditation; College, Unit and Program support for accreditation
  • University Strategic Planning; College, Division and Unit support for strategic planning
  • University Assessment; College, Division and Unit support for assessment of programs, student learning outcomes, student outcomes, faculty outcomes and benchmarking
  • Update and maintain strategic planning and assessment websites
  • Ex-officio to University Assessment Committee

Biography


Bonnie Bowen

Budget & Resource Management

Bonnie Bowen
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2288

Areas of Responsibility

  • Budget and resource management
  • Faculty hires and related budgetary and human resources issues
  • Enrollment and course scheduling/capacity management
  • Budget Committee of the President’s Cabinet
  • Liaison with Business and Finance
  • Oversight of CHS academic equipment
  • Chair of Academic Technology Advisory Committee
  • Ex-officio to Faculty Salary and Budget Committee

Biography


Ellen Schendel

Curriculum

Ellen Schendel
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2400

Areas of Responsibility

  • Oversight of University curriculum
  • Curriculum development initiatives
  • Administer distance education initiatives
  • Program reviews
  • Liaison to General Education Committee, Graduate Council, Records Office, Institutional Marketing, Information Technology
  • University Catalog review
  • Ex-officio to University Curriculum Committee
  • Ex-officio to Online Education Council
  • Ex-officio to New Programs/New Unit Committee

Biography


Ed Aboufadel

Faculty & Facilities

Ed Aboufadel
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2400

Areas of Responsibility

  • Faculty personnel policies, equity, issues, and complaints
  • Liaison with Executive Committee of the Senate/University Academic Senate
  • New buildings, space utilization, classroom improvements; liaison with Facilities and public safety
  • Special projects in external community
  • Ex-officio to Faculty Personnel Policy Committee
  • Ex-officio to Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee

Biography


Suzeanne Benet

Student Success

Suzeanne Benet
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2400

Areas of Responsibility

  • Academic Advising Initiatives and Student Success Initiative
  • University Undergraduate Student Blueprint for Student Success
  • Academic Policies and Standards
  • Student and Parent Concerns
  • President’s Honor Roll
  • Liaison to Enrollment Development, Planning and Assessment for Student Retention, Persistence, and Degree Completion
  • Liaison to Statewide LEAP Initiative
  • MCAN
  • Student Awards Convocation

Biography


Administrative Operations

Mary Albrecht
Executive Associate for Administrative Operations
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2400

Areas of Responsibility

  • Board of Trustees and Academic & Student Affairs Committee – meeting preparation
  • Honorary Degree Committee
  • Liaison for State-to-State compliance
  • Liaison for Digital Measures
  • Provost’s Office designee – Laker for a Lifetime Committee
  • Ex-officio to AP Committee

Biography


Burton

Travus Burton
Director of Civic Learning and Community Engagement
3090 J. H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2400

Areas of Responsibility

  • Provide university-wide leadership and support for civic learning and community engagement programming, initiatives and infrastructures
  • Facilitate the creation of alignment, standards, definitions and promote best practices for community engagement among students, staff and faculty
  • Enhance campus culture for civic learning and community engagement to, “educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.”
  • Connect community partners, community members, community needs and community issues with the GVSU community for mutually beneficial collaborative opportunities
    • Promote multidisciplinary approaches in teaching, research and service to have a greater impact in the community
    • Promote interdisciplinary approaches in teaching, research and service to have a greater impact on our students
  • Report on civic learning and community engagement use, outcomes, challenges, opportunities and growth – work with campus faculty, staff and leadership   

Biography


Taylor Boyd

Taylor Boyd
Assessment Specialist
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2400

Areas of Responsibility

  • Supporting assessment, accreditation and strategic planning activities for the Academic & Student Affairs Division
  • Working closely with the University Assessment Committee to carry out the division’s assessment work
  • Tracking and reporting of GVAssess and GVPlan documentation
  • Assisting in the preparation for the upcoming accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission
  • Tracking faculty qualifications assurance documentation
  • Reviewing, writing, and analyzing assessment reporting for various units, departments, and the institution as a whole
  • Data collection for university assessment and planning needs

Biography


Becki Visser

Becki Visser
Executive Assistant to the Provost
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2176

Areas of Responsibility

  • Calendar support: Provost Cimitile
  • Board of Trustees materials production and communication following meetings
  • Provost’s Cabinet support
  • Coordination of Faculty Awards Convocation
  • Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) Academic Officers support for GVSU

Linda Stratton

Linda Stratton
Executive Assistant - Office of the Provost
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2400

Areas of Responsibility

  • Assist with faculty and facilities, student success, and civic learning and community engagement
  • Calendar support: Ed Aboufadel, Suzeanne Benet, and Travus Burton
  • Coordination of Student Awards Convocation and programs/events for the Office of the Provost
  • Coordination of faculty and staff personnel materials and emeritus faculty tracking
  • Coordination of Catalog copy for Academic and Student Affairs Division

Krystal Vanden Bosch

Krystal Vanden Bosch
Executive Assistant - Office of the Provost
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2400

Areas of Responsibility

  • Assists with assessment, accreditation, planning, curriculum, and administrative operations
  • Calendar Support: Chris Plouff, Ellen Schendel, Mary Albrecht, and Taylor Boyd
  • Hires and supervises student assistants
  • Manages the Office of the Provost website
  • Assist with Student Badging through Acclaim

Becky Beechler
Executive Assistant - Office of the Provost and Institutional Analysis
3090 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-8722

Areas of Responsibility

  • Assist with budget, resource management, and Institutional Analysis
  • Calendar support: Bonnie Bowen and Philip Batty
  • Produce monthly and year-end budget reports
  • Review Travel and Expense Reimbursement forms
  • Complete online surveys for Institutional Analysis
  • Institutional Analysis website support

Lisa Surman Haight
Executive Assistant - Office of the Provost and Faculty Governance Assistant
1000 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ)
616-331-2172

Areas of Responsibility

  • Liaison between ECS/UAS Chair and Standing Committee Chairs
  • Oversight and management of Faculty Governance website, Sail Curriculum System, and Shared Governance Policies
  • Making Waves Initiative Project Assistant
  • Teach-In Coordinator and liaison between program sponsors
  • Compilation of college election results and oversight of University Committee List