Gayle R. Davis
Gayle Davis was appointed provost in 2002 and became only the second person in Grand Valley history to hold the position. During her tenure, she shepherded a major reorganization of the university's colleges as well as oversaw major growth in enrollment and significant success in retaining students through graduation.
President Thomas J. Haas noted Davis' many accomplishments and her campus leadership.
"Gayle has left an indelible mark on Grand Valley and Michigan," Haas said. "She's the consummate academic leader, and she worked with all groups on and off campus, positioning Grand Valley for the future. Student success is Gayle's North Star. Her efforts with faculty and staff in restructuring a 21st century university led to increasing enrollments and a record number of graduates through the application of relevant and rigorous curriculum and co-curricular programming. She also provided service to our community, making it a better place to work and live. I could not have asked for a better partner."