GVSU Hires New Dean

    GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Valley State University has named Oliver Wilson its new dean of multicultural affairs.

    Wilson has worked in the university’s admission office for six years and said he looks forward to continuing to help students reach their goals in his new role.

    “In terms of my career goals, this new position was in the cards,” said Wilson. “I’m still able to provide services to students and help expedite their transition to college life, or help with other concerns students bring with them when they are away from home.”

    Wilson will begin his new duties on June 2 and takes over the position that was held on an interim basis by Mike Woods, who retired on May 1. Wilson joined GVSU’s admissions office in 1997 and had most recently served as associate director of minority recruitment.

    He received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wyoming and also played basketball for the school.

    Nearly 11 percent of GVSU’s 20,000 students are minorities. Wilson said his immediate goals as dean will be to enhance recruitment and retention of minority students and ensure a welcoming environment on campus.

    Wilson is active in the Grand Rapids community and serves as a board member of the Black Education Excellence Program and Touchstone Innovare, among other organizations.           

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