GVSU Names Search Panel

January 13, 2006
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ALLENDALE — Grand Valley State University has chosen Trustee Donna Brooks to chair the Presidential Search Advisory Committee to find a successor to President Mark Murray, who is leaving the university to become the president of Meijer Inc. on July 1.

The 18-person committee also has been chosen, with members coming from the faculty, staff, administration, study body and community.

“I think there is great representation from the different facets of the university,” Brooks said.

The committee includes trustees Lucille Taylor, Jose Infante and Kate Pew Wolters. Faculty members are Faculty Senate President Rob Franciosi from the English Department, Shirley Fleischmann from the Padnos School of Engineering, Steve Goldberg from the Seidman College of Business, Shaily Menon from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Linda Scott from the Kirkhof College of Nursing, and John Shinsky from the College of Education.

Also on the committee are Fred Antczak, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; James Williams, dean of the Seidman College of Business; Jane James, president of the student senate; Michelle Burke, upcoming president of the Administrative Professionals committee; Karen Loth, an administrative professional working in University Development; Sandra Jennings, an athletic department employee representing hourly personnel; Fred Davison, Alumni Association president; and community representative John Canepa, co-chair of the Grand Action Committee and former president of Old Kent Bank.

Patricia Oldt, vice president for Planning and Equity, is to serve as staff to the committee.

Brooks said the committee will retain the services of a search firm, which she hopes will be chosen by the end of the month. There will be several open forums to hear input, issues and concerns of the community (see box).

“We’re hoping that people will come and express what they think they may see in the next president,” she said. “We’re just really there to hear what they have to say.”

By June 30, the advisory committee is to have an unranked list of candidates to the Presidential Search Committee made up of Grand Valley State University board of trustees members.

Brooks said she is confident in finding a suitable candidate by that time.

“Obviously, we’re extremely sorry to see Mark leave. He has just done a magnificent job for the university, but also it has taken the whole team at the university to help ensure his success,” she said.

“Our Grand Valley team really is stronger than ever now, and I think that we are going to find the right leader to fit into the unique culture that has been established and is going to take our university to even greater heights.” 

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