Nykia Gaines

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Director, TRiO STEM-Health Sciences


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200 Student Services Building

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B.S., Grand Valley State University; M.Ed., Grand Valley State University; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Nykia D. Gaines, also known as Dr. G., started her journey at Grand Valley in the fall of 1994. As a freshman from Detroit, she was enthusiastic about her new life as a Laker. After earning her B.S. in Criminal Justice in 98', she pursued a M.Ed. with a specialization in College Student Affairs and Leadership. During her master's program, she worked as a graduate assistant in Health and Wellness and in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Gaines also interned at the University of Detroit-Mercy in the office of International Services. After completing her M.Ed. in 2001, she accepted a full-time position at GVSU as a Living Center Director in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. In the summer of 2008, she decided to depart from her beloved Grand Valley to pursue her doctorate full-time at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, OH. As a doctoral fellow, she worked in the College of Education and Human Development as an academic advisor. In May 2012, she graduated from BGSU with a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. Less than one year post-doctorate, she graciously accepted her current position at her alma mater. Gaines is excited to be able to once again give back to a school that has continued to give to her, a Laker for a Lifetime. In her free time, she enjoys caring for and playing with her rescue dog, Karma. She also take pleasure in traveling abroad, attending church, Skyping with distant friends, and spending time with family.

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