Grand Valley State University — Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning

Grand Valley State University is a strong and vibrant public university with a clear, deeply-held, unwavering commitment to students and community.  It was founded in 1960 in response to the need for a public, four-year college in Michigan’s second largest metropolitan region. Grand Valley’s creation was driven by local community leaders who recognized the value a university would bring to the area’s citizens and economy, and they leveraged public/partnerships to make it happen.

Since its first year, when there were 226 students and 14 faculty members, Grand Valley has continued a trajectory of growth to become a comprehensive university with more than 24,000 students, over 123,000 alumni, and more than 1,700 full- and part-time faculty members.  Grand Valley attracts students from across Michigan, 43 states, and 76 countries for its 94 undergraduate and 42 graduate degree programs.  In addition to its main campuses in Allendale, and Grand Rapids, the university has regional campuses in Detroit and West Michigan Lakeshore, and regional centers in Traverse City and Battle Creek.  Grand Valley has experienced remarkable upward momentum over the last 10 years including enrollment growth of more than 93 percent and substantial expansion of academic programs and campus facilities.

At Grand Valley State University, the primary focus is on the success of students. To that end, the principles of liberal education permeate all programs and areas of study. This broad educational perspective provides students with the general knowledge and transferable skills necessary to positively influence their communities, their professions, and the broader world.

The Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning will oversee a newly reorganized division of Adult, Continuing, Graduate, & Lifetime Learning, and enable Grand Valley to accelerate its efforts to build relationships with learners for a lifetime and enterprises which require education.  

Working collaboratively with the academic Deans and other divisions across campus, the Vice Provost will be responsible for expanding Grand Valley’s credit and noncredit programs for adult learners, including degree completion, micro-credentialing, and graduate programs. Additionally, they will oversee several broad areas, including:  continuing education, graduate programs office , Career Services (focused on lifelong  learners); Alumni Relations (focused on alumni engagement and lifetime learning); Executive Education and Enterprise Partnerships; and, Regional Campuses.  The Vice Provost leads in shaping programming to serve the wider community, both enterprises and adult learners, and addressing talent gaps regionally, statewide, and nationally. This position reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and is a member of the President’s cabinet.

Nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest should be directed to GVSU@russellreynolds.com

Grand Valley 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. 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. 

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