Academic & Student Affairs Transition
Grand Valley State University has a deep commitment to the student/learner experience. This past year has highlighted the importance of exceptional academic and student life programs, and the delivery of student services on all of our campuses to all students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is a critical moment to consider how all these factors of growth, complexity, and increasing student needs impact both structure and leadership. To that end, President Mantella recently announced that the position of vice provost for Student Affairs would be elevated to a vice president for Student Affairs position reporting directly to the President and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This move will create the Division of Student Affairs and enhance their leadership and service to the needs of our students today and in the future. It will also enable our Division of Academic Affairs, overseen by our next provost and executive vice president, to focus on academic objectives centered on providing a high-quality, equitable education that prepares students for a lifetime of learning. This structure elevates student voices and meets their diverse needs; it also aligns with our proposed mission, vision, and values in Reach Higher 2025.