Who we are

At Grand Valley State University, Risk Management is a department within the Finance & Administration Division


The mission of Risk Management within Grand Valley State University is to proactively protect the human, financial, and physical assets of the University from adverse outcomes associated with unanticipated losses. We accomplish this by 1) understanding the risk financing marketplace and procuring appropriately designed products, and 2) assisting institutional stakeholders in the development of practices that foster awareness and management of exposures, including opportunity risks, at acceptable levels.


The Department takes a two-pronged approach to our Mission.

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM): We are responsible for the implementation and oversight of an Enterprise Risk Management process exploring the University's Strategic, Operational, Financial, and Compliance exposures.  The process identifies, evaluates, monitors, and documents our risks, insurable or not.  These processes and tools encourage a risk-aware culture throughout the institution, facilitating improved decision-making.

Insurance Programs: The Risk Management department procures, monitors, and administers most of the University's commercially-insured, collaboratively-insured and self-insured programs.

Available additional services

  • Claim administration and coordination
  • Insurance sections of contracts - language review and recommendations
  • Insurance coverage consultation
  • Risk assessment conversations and tools
  • Seminars & training
  • Auto ID card issuance
  • Certificate of Insurance issuance


Contact Us:

Heather Taylor, ARM
Assistant Vice President ERM & Insurance Programs
(616) 331-2067 email: taylorh1@gvsu.edu