Rinvelt, Bolger will lead WMU Board of Trustees again in 2018

Contact: Cheryl Roland
Headshot, Jeffrey A. Rinvelt.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Jeffrey A. Rinvelt, of Ann Arbor, and James B. Bolger, of Whitehall, have been re-elected chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.

The two were unanimously re-elected at the board's Jan. 24 meeting and will serve throughout 2018. They were first elected to the board leadership roles in January 2017.


Rinvelt, who earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from WMU in 1991, is the principal with Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, a Michigan-based fund that supports the growth of venture capital in the state, and is the largest privately funded organization of its kind in the nation. He also is a member of the Michigan Venture Capital Association's board of directors.

A veteran of various startup ventures, Rinvelt has also been director of Ardesta, engaged in sourcing, evaluating and conducting due diligence on investment opportunities as well as monitoring and providing assistance to the companies in Ardesta's portfolio. Prior to joining Ardesta, he was a co-founder of GrapeVINE Technologies, providing product management and marketing for that company's knowledge management product, eventually resulting in an acquisition by Sun Microsystems.

In addition, Rinvelt was part of the startup team for MAXfunds.com, an Internet company providing complete coverage of the mutual fund industry, and he spent five years with Ernst & Young's Information Technology group as a senior consultant.

He was appointed to the WMU board in 2014 by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.


Headshot, James B. Bolger.


Bolger, who also was appointed by Snyder in June 2014, is a WMU alumnus who retired after a 26-year career with the Michigan State Police. After retiring, he spent a decade teaching at Grand Valley State University and served for a period as interim director of that university's School of Criminal Justice.

During his state police career, Bolger rose through the ranks from trooper to lieutenant colonel, serving as commanding officer of the Uniform Services Bureau and providing executive direction and leadership to the field operations of the agency.

Bolger's previous state service also includes being appointed by then-Gov. John Engler to oversee implementation of the Michigan State Public Safety Communications System.

He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from GVSU and a master's degree in public administration from WMU.

Other WMU board officers elected to one-year terms at the Jan. 24 meeting were: Kahler B. Schuemann, secretary to the board; Jan J. Van Der Kley, treasurer and assistant secretary; and Patti VanWalbeck, assistant treasurer. Van Der Kley is the University's vice president for business and finance, and VanWalbeck is associate vice president for business and finance.

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