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Welcome to the Office of the President!


Donald Bachand

Saginaw Valley State University is more than a place of work for me; it has been a second home since 1978.

I have been fortunate to see SVSU through many changes – several of which have supported outstanding accomplishments from our faculty, staff and students throughout the years.

What has not changed, though, is our university’s concern for each and every student on our campus. We are dedicated to providing a first-rate academic experience for all of our students, and we do so, not only through modern curricula and experiential learning but also through individualized support of our students. We want to ensure that every aspect of students’ success – in and out of the classroom – is outstanding.

To this end, we are proud of extracurricular offerings such as Moot Court and Cardinal Racing; our various community engagement initiatives; and our NCAA Division II Athletics programs.

We also take great pride in the career outlook of so many of our graduates. Employers large and small rely upon us to produce high caliber professionals; we count on them to share their expertise and offer placement opportunities to our students. These opportunities often lead our graduates to jobs right after graduation.

As a professor of criminal justice, dean, provost and now President, it is my pleasure to witness the success of our students and our university, and though we face a number of challenges in higher education today, our tenacity and care for our students make each day a great day to be Cardinal.


Dr. Donald J. Bachand


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Office of the President
Wickes 349
(989) 964-4041