Provost and Executive Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs
Grand Rapids Community College
Dr. Laurie Chesley is the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. She has served in that role since January 2015. Prior to becoming Provost, she spent fifteen years as an academic administrator and fourteen years as a faculty member in various higher education institutions, including four-year public and private schools, as well as community colleges.
Laurie earned her doctorate in English from the University of Notre Dame. In 2013, she received a Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award from the Michigan Chapter of the American Council on Education. She is an accreditation peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, and she teaches in the Doctorate in Community College Leadership Program at Ferris State University.
Laurie believes that great teachers are more often made rather than born. Although she makes no claims to being a “great teacher,” she does freely acknowledge that the students she taught for the first few years of her career deserve their money back.
For fun, Laurie loves to travel, read, ride her bike, and watch movies and tv shows about spies. She has a tuxedo cat named Dexter (yes, named after the show about the serial killer of the same name).