George Grant Jr.
Penn State Berks
I assumed the role of chancellor in January 2021. Previously, I served as dean and professor of the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where I was responsible for programs in criminal justice; public, nonprofit and health administration; legal studies; hospitality/tourism management; and social work; as well a police academy and the undergraduate advising center.
As chancellor, I am responsible for college administration, including the quality of academic programs, research, outreach, enrollment and financial aid, student affairs, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, budgeting, philanthropy, and community and alumni relations at the campus. I helped to start a program for children in foster care to help them attend college and to provide support for them through to graduation.
The best advice was from my family: “In the end, all you have is your name.” I was taught to treat our name with respect and to respect others, to carry myself with pride, to keep my word, and to be someone people can depend upon.
Fun should be relaxing. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. When I have an opportunity, I enjoy playing golf and tennis, going to the theater, and exploring works by new authors.
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