Author: Loren Rullman

Loren Rullman, Ph.D., serves as Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has worked in higher education for over 30 years, all of which has included responsibility for the college union. Prior to his current role he spent 12 years at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor as director of university unions and then as associate vice president for student life, where he was responsible for student affairs construction, renovation and administration of residence halls, dining spaces, student unions, recreation facilities and multicultural centers. He has presented at over 40 conferences, authored 12 publications, consulted for two dozen universities, served on both the ACUI and CAS boards of directors, and served as founding coordinator of the higher education graduate program at Concordia University Ann Arbor. In 2011 he co-organized an ACUI national placemaking summit with 10 higher education associations and 50 thought leaders and his primary research interests include civic participation, placemaking and the social ecology of physical environments. He is the recipient of alumni achievement awards from Valparaiso University and the Indiana University School of Education, a dissertation award from the American Association of University Administrators, and a research award from the Japanese American Citizens League.