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College hires VP for finance

January 4, 2018
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Gregory Sanial
Gregory Sanial. Courtesy GVSU

A local college has named its new vice president for finance.

Grand Valley State University said this week Gregory Sanial will begin the role in the spring.

Sanial will handle all fiscal, financial and budget areas of the university, overseeing a budget of $500 million.

As all vice presidents, he will be a member of the president’s cabinet.

"I am honored and incredibly excited to accept this appointment,” Sanial said. “My family and I can't wait to relocate to the Grand Rapids area and become part of this vibrant community."

Sanial is coming from his role as chief of staff in the U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District (Virginia), having previously served as the Coast Guard's budget director, overseeing an $11-billion budget.

Sanial has held multiple positions with the Coast Guard, including COO in Alaska and commanding officer in San Diego.

His community involvement includes a role on the editorial board of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, as well as a role on the board of directors for the Prince William Sound Science Center in Alaska.

"Dr. Sanial is superbly qualified to be Grand Valley's vice president for finance and chief financial officer," said Thomas Haas, president, GVSU.

"His knowledge of budgeting, from development through oversight, will serve us well. His experience in organizational leadership and facilities management brings additional depth and breadth to the university. His collaborative style and respectful nature mirrors that of Grand Valley State's leadership and culture."

Sanial holds a doctorate in business administration and organizational leadership from Northcentral University, a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor's degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. 

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