News Briefs July 8, 2018

McKenna Peariso

GVSU names new associate VP for human resources

Human Resources at Grand Valley State University has named Maureen M. Walsh as the new associate vice president. Walsh began her duties as associate vice president on June 25.

Walsh now fulfills the role of both the university’s chief human resources officer and as a President’s Cabinet member. She is also an active community member and serves a variety of organizations which includes Michigan Women Forward and Inforum Michigan.

Walsh is no stranger to human resource work, prior to her placement at Grand Valley she held the position of director of human resources at Aquinas College. Prior to her service at Aquinas, Walsh worked for Global Human Resources at Bissell Homecare Inc where she was also named vice president. Vice president for Administrative Services, Scott Richardson, said Walsh is bringing diverse prior experience to her new position. “Maureen has held increasingly demanding roles and has always led with the organization’s mission central to human resource operations,” said Richardson.

Walsh acquired a master’s degree in communication studies from Grand Valley State University after earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University. She was awarded a certificate in Human Resources from DePaul University.

“I’m honored to be leading human resources at Grand Valley,” said Walsh. “The team is an exceptional group of HR professionals and together we will continue to focus on creating a positive campus culture in support of the university’s mission.”


Two shot outside GVSU off campus apartment

On Tuesday, June 12, two men were shot outside Copper Beech Townhomes, an apartment complex near Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus.

Ottawa County dispatchers received several calls to report the incident at 11:45 p.m., following the shooting. Sheriff’s deputies and GVSU police arrived on the scene to find the two victims each with a single gunshot wound. One victim suffered a head wound and was taken to the hospital, Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies said.

“It’s not something you’d expect to happen in Allendale,” said one Copper Beech resident.

Police are still searching for the gunman and the complex failed to release a statement on the incident.