Penn State Berks Chancellor George Grant, Jr. was just lately named to the Lehigh Valley Business Power 30 for Higher Education, a listing of people who maintain positions that give them the power to form our communities and affect our high quality of life by way of training.
Grant assumed the place of chancellor of Penn State Berks in January 2021, following a nationwide search. In his function, he’s accountable for all points of school administration, together with the standard of educational applications, analysis, outreach, enrollment and monetary support, pupil affairs, variety and inclusion, strategic planning, budgeting, philanthropy, and group and alumni relations on the campus.
Growing up in Detroit in the course of the civil rights motion, Grant acknowledged the facility of training at an early age. In addition to his household, he states that lots of his function fashions had been academics within the congregation of his church.
He explains that his profession facilities across the perception within the energy of training and “the role I must play in making it a realization for everyone, especially disenfranchised communities.”
Grant enrolled at Marygrove College in Detroit, the place he earned a baccalaureate diploma in social work. After commencement, he accepted a place in baby welfare. His work was seen by Grand Valley State University, close to Grand (*30*), Mich., the place he was requested to work on a toddler welfare mission. The mission concerned some educating, combining his two passions. He continued to train at Grand Valley whereas incomes his grasp’s diploma on the college in sociology, after which his doctorate from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Meanwhile, he progressed in his profession, rising to the place of dean and professor at Grand Valley’s College of Community and Public Service.
Grant stated that the factor that jumped out at him as he examine Penn State Berks was the faculty’s dedication to college students and to the group. “There was a commitment not to self, but to others. Penn State Berks is willing to work with students from lower socio-economic backgrounds to help them earn a college degree, and the college has a strong commitment to diversity. I was also impressed by all the things that people are doing at the college. People are passionate about their work at Penn State Berks.”
When requested about his goals, he acknowledged that certainly one of his fundamental objectives is to develop the faculty’s function in the neighborhood, with an emphasis on reaching out to these in economically deprived areas. He needs Penn State Berks to be seen because the place the place group members can come for assist.
Grant serves on the board of Penn State Health St. Joseph, the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance and the United Way of Berks County and is a member of the Berks Alliance.