Scott Ayotte is well-connected to Grand Valley and said he values being able to view the university from the position of a student, faculty member and now as director of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity.
Ayotte earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2008 from Grand Valley, and later a law degree from Western Michigan University. He joined the Division of Inclusion and Equity in March after working for Spectrum Health in employment law as well as inclusion and diversity work. Ayotte also taught in the legal studies program for the Seidman College of Business.
At one time in his career, he worked in mergers and acquisitions while living in London but said he enjoys his current role. “I’ve never felt so personally and professionally satisfied in my life,” Ayotte said.
He said he admires the university’s focus on student success, and one of his goals is to prepare students to be global citizens and expand their world view. “When students graduate, they are going to be working with different cultures, different backgrounds and will be equipped to interact with these situations confidently,” Ayotte said.
Ayotte’s main responsibilities as affirmative action director include overseeing the university's affirmative action program and consulting on inclusive employment practices. He also provides leadership for the Inclusion Advocates program.
He serves on the boards for the Grand Rapids Women's Resource Center and Disability Advocates of Kent County. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Ayotte to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission in 2015.