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College hires provost and VP

May 31, 2019
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Peter Linden
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A college in the region has named a new provost and vice president for instruction and student support services.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College, or KVCC, hired Peter Linden for the role, effective July 8.

He is succeeding Dennis Bertch, who retired in December.

As an educator and administrator in higher education, Linden said he lives by one motto that he hopes his colleagues at KVCC will also embrace: “We are here to serve our students.”

In his new role, Linden said he sees himself as a bridge builder and a relationship builder. He said he plans focus on programs that promote workforce development, including by collaborating with high schools, area businesses and other community partners to address the skills gap.

Linden comes from Indiana as chancellor of the Michigan City campus of Ivy Tech.

Prior to Ivy Tech, Linden was academic dean of career and technical education for Joliet Junior College in Illinois.

Linden was chosen from dozens of candidates in a national search.

“Dr. Linden brings a wealth of experience to his new position at Kalamazoo Valley,” said L. Marshall Washington, president, KVCC. “His experience in instruction, curriculum, student success and administration made him a perfect choice.”

He holds a Ph.D. in higher education and policy leadership from Loyola University Chicago, a master’s degree in business administration from North Park University, a B.S. in business and management from Northeastern Illinois University and an associate’s degree in occupational studies from the Culinary Institute of America.

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