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President George Grant Jr.

George Grant Jr. was appointed to serve as the fifth president of Saginaw Valley State University, effective January 1, 2023.

Dr. Grant served as chancellor of Pennsylvania State University-Berks, a campus of more than 2,100 students. Prior to that, he spent 24 years at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, including 12 years as dean of the College of Community and Public Service.

Dr. Grant raised more than $46 million during his tenure as dean at Grand Valley. He also developed new academic programming to support adult learners who were juggling work, family, and other demands. Dr. Grant implemented Master of Social Work programs in rural communities across Michigan to give students access to an advanced degree to better serve their communities.

A Detroit native, he welcomes the opportunity to return to his home state and join a university that aligns with his values.

President Grant studied at Wayne County Community College prior to completing a bachelor’s degree in social work at Marygrove College in Detroit. He later completed a master’s degree in social work at Grand Valley State University and a Ph.D. in sociology at Western Michigan University. President Grant also earned a certificate from the Harvard Institute in Educational Management.

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