Steve Reifert has been named interim dean of Ferris State University’s College of Education and Human Services. The appointment, announced by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson, is effective Monday, Feb. 24.
Reifert has served at Ferris since 2006. As interim associate COEHS dean, he has provided leadership for the academic programs, coordinated academic operations, collaborated to develop and support faculty, coordinated college assessment activities, and assisted in representing the college with accreditors and external stakeholders. In addition to the interim associate dean role, Reifert has also held the joint appointment of director of the School of Criminal Justice. He has provided administrative oversight of the Big Rapids campus and 13 satellite campus locations for the program. Under Reifert’s leadership, the program has engaged in collaborative relationships with community college campuses, producing a significant increase in satellite campus enrollment over a four-year period and annual growth on the Big Rapids campus.
Prior to these most recent appointments, Reifert served as a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice from 2006-09. He has contributed to numerous Ferris service committees, including the Academic Senate Diversity Committee, American Democracy/Political Engagement Council, COEHS Assessment Committee, COEHS Threat Assessment Team, COEHS Retention Review Committee, Enrollment Task Force, Alumni Recruitment Task Force, and served as faculty advisor for Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honors fraternity.
Reifert previously worked in public safety during his career. For 18 years, he served the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety in numerous appointments. He also served a combined 11 years as a special agent and law enforcement specialist in the United States Air Force.
“Please join me in thanking and welcoming Steve as interim dean for the College of Education and Human Services,” Erickson said. “We are pleased to have Steve step into this important administrative role for the college. We look forward to his capable leadership as he guides the college through its transitions during the next year.”