GVSU names new associate VP for human resources

McKenna Peariso

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. Before that, she worked for Global Human Resources at Bissell Homecare Inc. where she was also named vice president.  Scott Richardson, Vice President for Administrative Services, 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,” Richardson said. 

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,” Walsh said. “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.”