Longtime economics professor John Reifel has been named interim dean of Grand Valley State University's business school, administrators announced Monday.
Reifel, who came to the university in 1971, will take over the position on Feb. 1. H. James Williams, current dean of the Seidman College of Business, is stepping down to serve as president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.
“Professor Reifel has the academic background, the knowledge of Grand Valley and the right experience to serve as interim dean of Seidman College,” GVSU Provost Gayle Davis said in a statement. “We are opening a magnificent new facility for the business college in May, and John is the right person to lead us during this exciting transition.”