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GVSU names new associate vice president for Business and Finance 

  • Craig Wieschhorster, associate vice president for Business and Finance. 

Posted on January 16, 2020

Greg Sanial, vice president for Finance and Administration, announced the appointment of Craig Wieschhorster as the university's new associate vice president for Business and Finance. 

Wieschhorster previously served as a captain and commanding officer in the United States Coast Guard for 25 years in various positions involving leadership, budgeting, resource management, performance metrics and operations. 

"I am certain that Craig's leadership and experience will be a great fit and a tremendous asset for the business and finance team, and the entire university, as we move forward supporting President Mantella's vision and new initiatives," said Sanial.

The university was assisted by the firm DHR International throughout the search and interview process.  

Wieschhorster replaces Brian Copeland who is retiring January 30.

Copeland earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Western Michigan University and is also a certified public accountant. Prior to joining Grand Valley in 2007, he served as director of finance and administration for Display Pack, Inc. of Grand Rapids, with broad leadership experience in purchasing, risk management, human resources, quality control, computer services and logistics.

"Brian's 13 years of service to Grand Valley have been nothing short of remarkable," said Sanial. "We are thankful for his steadfast dedication and support to GVSU over the years." 

A retirement celebration for Copeland will take place January 30 in the Kirkhof Center.