The Board of Trustees of Grand Valley State University seeks the institution’s fifth president, following the announced retirement of President Thomas J. Haas in June 2019. The president reports to the Board, is the institution’s chief executive officer, and has responsibility for all strategic, financial, fundraising, and management operations. The president is also one of the region’s most visible and important community leaders. The next president will be committed to Grand Valley’s unique position as Michigan’s No. 1 ranked regional public university and must be focused on student success, superior teaching, and active scholarship. The successful candidate will be a visionary and innovative leader, advancing the university’s reputation while increasing resources from private and public partnerships. The next president will be committed to diversity and have the utmost integrity. A demonstrated record of leading a large complex organization at the most senior level is required. Advanced degrees are expected; experience in related fields will be considered.

This search will be fully confidential throughout the process. Candidates should submit materials as soon as possible, but no later than August 20, 2018. Applications will be reviewed beginning this summer. The new president is expected to begin work on July 1, 2019. Applications should include a letter of candidacy that responds to the agenda for leadership and the desired attributes for a new president, a complete résumé or vitae, and a list of five professional references (please note references will not be contacted until later in the process, and only with permission). All application materials should be submitted electronically to

Dr. Thomas Fitch, partner; Ms. Julie E. Tea, partner; and Ms. Julie Williams-Krishnan, senior associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP, are assisting Grand Valley with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact them at  to arrange confidential conversations.

Additional information about the university and the search can be found at

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community, which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The 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 TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.