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President Thomas J. Haas
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President Thomas Haas
Thomas J. Haas, PhD

Office of the President
3056 James H. Zumberge Hall


President Thomas (Tom) Haas is Grand Valley State University’s fourth president. Prior to his appointment in 2006, he was president of the State University of New York Cobleskill. In addition to his appointment as president of Grand Valley, Haas has also been appointed professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Grand Valley University Foundation.

During the past 29 years, Haas has been a tenured faculty member, department chair, dean, vice president and president.

He is a 1973 honors graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He then earned a Master of Science degree in chemistry and another in environmental health sciences from The University of Michigan. Haas also earned a master's degree in human resources management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT).

Fellowship experiences in higher education include Yale University Faculty Fellow and an American Council on Education Fellow at Western Michigan University. He completed executive leadership programs at Harvard University. He is a retired Captain after 23 years of commissioned service in the USCG.

Haas is an internationally recognized expert in hazardous material transportation, strategic planning and higher education leadership, and has published numerous articles in a variety of journals.

He is active in the community serving on the board for Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center, Grand Rapids Economic Club, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and Grand Rapids Opera. He is a member of the Grand Rapids Rotary Club and a consultant and evaluator for North Central Association Higher Learning Commission.

Haas has professional and personal ties to Michigan. Haas is married to Marcia (Knapp) Haas, who is a native of Union City and a graduate of Albion College. They have three children and four grandchildren and have other family living in Grand Rapids.

Grand Valley State University attracts more than 24,400 students with academic excellence, first-rate faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley is the master's comprehensive university for the state’s second largest metropolitan area and offers 85 undergraduate and 33 graduate degree programs. It has campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland and centers in Muskegon, Traverse City, and Detroit. The university’s focus on a strong liberal education fosters critical thinking, creative problem solving, and cultural understanding. Through personalized learning enhanced by active scholarship, Grand Valley accomplishes its mission of educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.

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