Grand Valley names new VP

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Stacie Behler. Courtesy Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University appointed a Meijer executive to its leadership team.

Stacie Behler was named the university’s new vice president, chief public affairs and communications officer, and secretary to its board of trustees.

She will assume her new position on July 1, after Matthew McLogan retires on June 30. Behler will be leading the division that includes government relations, institutional marketing, university communications and WGVU television and radio.

Behler is an attorney and the group vice president of public affairs and community at Meijer. She joined Meijer in 2001 where she started as a legal counsel. She later held different leadership positions in human resources, communications, community engagement and government affairs at the retail company.

She also was named the executive director of the Meijer Foundation, providing counsel to the Meijer family in their philanthropic investments and giving.

“After two incredible decades at Meijer, I am excited to transition my leadership into higher education at such a critical time for students, families and our community,” Behler said. “Grand Valley State University needs to be at the front of the conversation about the future of education, and I am honored to be part of the team that will lead that work and continue to drive innovation and vision. GVSU is rooted in community and private and public partnerships that help Michigan and students thrive. These hallmarks align with my personal values and make GVSU the place for me.”

Behler chairs the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. She also has chaired the boards of other organizations, including the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Heart of West Michigan United Way and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

“I have known and admired Stacie since coming to Grand Valley and seeing the impact she has in the region,” said Philomena Mantella, president, GVSU. “She brings the kind of experience we need to fill this role, which includes government relations, communications and marketing. Stacie has a good legal mind, solid and varied experience with an enormously successful retail company, and the dedication and relationships to carry our successful community and business relationships forward while also creating new ones. She’s the right person for the aspirations and visions we have for this great university.”

Behler earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois and her Bachelor of Arts from Oakland University.

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