Grand Valley State University President Philomena V. Mantella has initiated the search for the next Provost and Executive Vice President. This opens an opportunity for a collaborative, innovative leader to guide the University’s academic objectives centered on providing a high-quality, equitable education that prepares students for a lifetime of learning.

The nationwide search is being co-chaired by Dr. Felix Ngassa, Chair of the University Academic Senate and Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Paul Stansbie, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Community Innovation and Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Storbeck Search has been retained to support our work.

The Academic Affairs Division consists of seven colleges: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Seidman College of Business, College of Education and Community Innovation, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, College of Health Professions, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Kirkhof College of Nursing. Other academic and student support functions within the Division include University Libraries, Office of Graduate and Lifetime Learning, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, and Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence. Led by the Provost and supporting staff, the Division prides itself on offering programs built upon the foundations of a liberal education. The Division is recognized for developing the talent and leadership necessary for students to successfully engage in an ever-changing future while contributing meaningfully to their professions and societies. In addition, the Division is committed to developing and supporting inclusivity and diversity, productivity, efficiency, and sustainability.

Grand Valley State University, established in 1960, is a four-year public university. It attracts nearly 24,000 students with its high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. A strong liberal education serves as the foundation for Grand Valley’s wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs, fostering critical thinking, creative problem solving, and cultural understanding. Campuses are located in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland, and regional centers in Battle Creek, Detroit, Muskegon, and Traverse City. Grand Valley is a comprehensive university, serving students from across Michigan and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 300+ areas of study. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships. Grand Valley employs more than 3,000 people and is committed to providing a fair and equitable environment for the continued success of all.

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See Affirmative Action/ Equal Employment Opportunity website.

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