Honors Governance

The Honors Program is an academic unit, reporting to the Dean for Retention and Student Success, although it collaborates closely with the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Housing and Residential Life in the Division of Administration and Finance.

It serves all the colleges housed on the Big Rapids campus.

The dedicated people who make up the Honors staff are here to help you be a successful Honors student. They are:

peter bradley

Peter Bradley, Ph.D.
Pickell 142B
(231) 591-2216
[email protected]
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Catherine Bordeau

Catherine Bordeau, Ph.D.
Honors Advisor
Pickell 142A
(231) 591-2811
[email protected]

Jason Bentley

Jason Bentley, EdD 
Dean of Retention and Student Success
[email protected]




Supervision of all aspects of the Honors program belongs to the Director. The Director is advised by committees of faculty, staff, students and alumni in executing his or her duties.  These are:

Committee Membership Duties
Honors Council At least one member representing each college (including graduate programs) on the Big Rapids Campus; as well as representatives from Admissions, Office of International Education, Housing and Residential Life, the Center for Leadership and Career Services, the Center for [email protected] Studies, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion and representatives of Honors Student Council. Meetings are held monthly in the Honors program offices Advise the Director on the day-to-day operations of the Honors Program, with special attention paid to recruiting and retaining students.
Honors Alumni Advisory Board Composed of 9 members, it represents the interest of the Honors Program Alumni Association. Meetings are held biannually in Big Rapids. Advise the Director on the mission, vision and strategic plan of the Honors Program. Create and enrich opportunities for Alumni/ae to connect with current students, as well as give back to the Program.
Honors Curriculum Committee Four (4) faculty serving 3-year terms.   


The purpose of the Honors Curriculum Committee is to receive, review, and approve proposals for changes related to the curricula and courses designated as Honors, as well as Honors Program faculty status.

Honors Student Council Representatives of the Honors Programming Board's e-board, the Honors Peer Mentor Program's e-board, the editor of the Endeavor and at least 2 at-large students elected by the current student body. Administrate all business of the Honors Student Association, including but not limited to: reviewing and recommending Honors funded travel requests, Honors student contracts, and policies affecting co-curricular requirements.  Also serves as primary conduit for communication with current student body.

Council Subcommitees and 2020/2021 Members

Honors Curriculum Committee

Honors Admissions Committee

Honors Completion Committee

Assessment Working Group 

  • Jennifer Johnson, Professor of Geography 

  • Cami Sanderson, Professor of Communication

  • Rebecca Sammel, Assoc Professor of English

  • Sara Bush, Assoc Professor, Michigan College of Optometry

  • Eric Warner, Ass't Professor, Spanish

  • Katherine LaPietra, Professor of Theatre

  • John Cullen, Professor of English 

  • Dan Noren, Professor of French 

  • Felix Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology 

  • Felix Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology

  • Paul Zube, Adjunct Instructor of Communication