Faite R-P. Mack
Dr. Faite R-P Mack, the first African American full professor at Grand Valley State University, is a school psychologist and graduate professor in Education. He began teaching at Grand Valley in 1972. The author of numerous books and articles, Dr. Mack has also received multiple awards including Fulbright Professor at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana (West Africa), the Glenn A. Niemeyer Outstanding Faculty Award, and Distinguished Faculty Member by the Michigan Association of Governing Boards. He is considered one of the founders of the college of Education at Grand Valley. Since 1997, he has been spending his summers in the Issan region of Thailand as part of his work for the Education Humanity International Foundation he started for orphaned and abandoned children.
Dr. Thomas Jackson, an educator for more than 42 years, has taught in elementary and high schools and has served as an elementary principal, an assistant high school principal, President of the Grand Rapids Board of Education, and was past President of the Michigan Chapter of the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP). He is committed to helping African American students become teachers.