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Haas, T. (Thomas J.)


Biographical Notes

President Thomas J. Haas was Grand Valley State University's fourth president, serving from 2006 to 2019. Before his appointment at Grand Valley, he served as president of the State University of New York Cobleskill. In addition to his appointment as president, Haas was also appointed professor of chemsitry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

He is a 1973 honors graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He then earned a Master of Science (MS) in chemistry; another in environmental health sciences from The University of Michigan. Haas also holds a MS in human resources management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT). Fellowship experiences in higher education include Yale University Faculty Fellow and an American Council on Education Fellow at Western Michigan University. He completed executive leadership programs at Harvard University. He was recently recognized with an honorary degree, Doctor of Science, by Kingston University in the UK and a second from Cracow University of Economics in Poland. He is a retired Captain after over 23 years of commissioned service in the USCG.

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 is active in the community serving on a number of boards including Michigan Campus Compact, Talent 2025, Van Andel Institute Graduate School, Spectrum Health Hospitals, Citizens Research Council of Michigan, Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center, The Right Place, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, What’s Next (for Grand Rapids) and Grand Rapids Opera. He is a member of the Grand Rapids Rotary Club, consultant and evaluator for North Central Association Higher Learning Commission and the immediate past Chair of Division 2, NCAA and Member of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He is former chair of the Michigan Public Universities Presidents Council.

Haas has professional and personal ties to Michigan. Haas is married to Marcia (Knapp) Haas, who is a native of Union City and a graduate of Albion College. They have three children and four grandchildren and have other family living in Grand Rapids.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Office of the President. President Haas' handwritten notes

Identifier: GV002-19
Scope and Contents Series contains photocopies of handwritten notes by GVSU President Thomas J. Haas from August 2006 to December 2018. The notes most often contain expressions of gratitude and congratulations to faculty, staff, students, and community members.
Dates: August 2006 - December 2018

Presidential Investiture and Inauguration files

Identifier: GV002-18
Scope and Contents Series contains planning and event files for the inaugurations and investitures of Grand Valley Presidents Mark A. Murray (2001-2006) and Thomas J. Haas (2006-2019). Includes invitations, lists, programs, planning committee records, and related news articles, correspondence, photographs and media.
Dates: 2001 - 2006

President's Office. Summary Board of Trustee Reports

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: GV002-20
Content Description Series contains President Thomas J. Haas' monthy report summaries to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees from August 2006 to June 2019. Files also include copies of Thomas Haas' and his wife, Marcia Haas', calendars and handwritten thank you notes.
Dates: August 2006 - June 2019