Donald J. Bachand was appointed Saginaw Valley State University’s fourth president in February 2014. He first joined SVSU in 1978 as an assistant professor of criminal justice and rose through the ranks of the faculty and academic administration.
Bachand served as SVSU’s vice president for academic affairs starting in 2006 and added the responsibilities of provost in 2010. During that time, SVSU received new accreditations by the National Association of Schools of Music in 2009 and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences in 2011; seven other accreditations were renewed on his watch. Prior to becoming vice president, Bachand served nearly 10 years as dean of the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences, the largest college in terms of the number of academic departments.
As a faculty member, Bachand played a leading role in the growth of SVSU’s criminal justice program, which had a small number of students when he arrived but grew into one of the most popular majors by the time he became dean. He received the Landee Award for Teaching Excellence, SVSU’s highest honor for classroom teaching, in 1987, and Michigan Association of Governing Boards Distinguished Faculty Award in 1988.
Prior to SVSU, Bachand served 10 years with the Detroit Police Department, where he spent several years on patrol, in investigation, and in supervisory positions including press relations officer for the Chief of Police, and also as a member of the strategic planning division.
Bachand earned his bachelor's degree at Mercy College, a master's degree at the University of Detroit, a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and he completed an executive management program at Harvard University.
President Bachand is active in various professional and community service organizations. He is a member of the boards of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, the Michigan Baseball Foundation, Midland Tomorrow, Saginaw Future and the Midland Center for the Arts. He is also a member of the Community Affairs Committee and the President’s Council of Michigan Public Universities.
Dr. Bachand is married to Liana Bachand and they have three children. They are Kathryn, whose significant other is Derek Kucharski; Melissa, who is married to Derek Harper; and Brian, who is married to Megan Bachand. Dr. Bachand and Mrs. Bachand have four grandchildren: Melissa's Kyle and Julia, and Brian's Alyssa and Collin.