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Thomas Haas

President, Grand Valley State University

Thomas Haas is president of Grand Valley State University. In addition, he serves as professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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 previously served as president of the State University of New York at Cobleskill.

He is an honors graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He also earned master’s degrees in chemistry and environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan and human resources management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of Connecticut.

Haas serves on several community boards including: Citizens Research Council of Michigan, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center, Michigan Campus Compact, Spectrum Health Hospitals, Talent 2025, The Right Place, What’s Next (for Grand Rapids), and Van Andel Institute Graduate School.