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Snyder appoints GVSU trustees

December 16, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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Snyder appoints GVSU trustees
Megan Sall. Courtesy State of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder has appointed two Grand Valley State University alums to fill expiring seats on the school’s board of trustees.

With the terms of trustees Michael Thomas and Shelley Padnos expiring at the end of the year, Snyder appointed Megan Sall — business development manager at The Right Place in Grand Rapids, a regional economic development nonprofit — and Novi Assistant City Manager Victor Cardenas to the board last week.

Sall and Cardenas will serve for eight-year terms, set to expire on Dec. 31, 2022.

“We look forward to working with Victor Cardenas and Megan Sall, who both bring impressive experience and backgrounds to our board,” said David Hooker, chair, GVSU Board of Trustees. “We want to thank Shelley Padnos and Michael Thomas for their service. Their time on our board was productive, and we are grateful that they lent their expertise to positioning Grand Valley as a leading university.”

Megan Sall

Sall, a Grand Rapids native, earned two degrees from GVSU: a bachelor’s in international relations in 2007 and a master’s in public administration in 2009.

While in school, Sall was a Cook Leadership Fellow. She now serves as a mentor at the Cook Leadership Academy.

Prior to joining The Right Place, Sall worked as the DDA/Community Services director at the city of Wyoming and a program manager for the International City/County Management Association in Washington D.C.

“It’s a privilege and honor to be able to serve the Grand Valley community in this way,” Sall said. “I am excited about all the things Grand Valley is doing, and I’m proud of the impact it has on the community. I look forward to working alongside the university as we move forward and continue to do great things for West Michigan and the state.”

Victor Cardenas

Cardenas graduated from GVSU with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2000, before moving on to Indiana University for a master’s degree in public affairs.

At GVSU, Cardenas was elected president of the student senate.

Earlier this year, he was acting city manager in Novi during a vacancy, before returning to the role of assistant city manager.

“I am honored, humbled and excited to serve on my alma mater’s board of trustees,” Cardenas said. “I look forward to serving both the student body and alumni base.”

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