Craig Reynolds to join Van Andel Institute as Vice President of Research Compliance

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (September 19, 2022) — Van Andel Institute has appointed Craig Reynolds as Vice President of Research Compliance following a national search.

Reynolds joins VAI from the University of Michigan, where he most recently served as Assistant Vice President for Research-Sponsored Projects. He has extensive experience in research and grants administration, and has held positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Central Michigan University and the National Science Foundation.

He has earned several awards from the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), including a Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Educator Designation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Craig to the Institute and look forward to his contributions to our research enterprise and our exceptional research compliance team,” said VAI Chief Scientific Officer Peter A. Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc. (hon). “His expertise will be invaluable as we continue to grow and evolve.”

Reynolds will arrive at VAI in October. As a member of the leadership team, he will provide oversight and coordination of the Institute’s extensive research compliance activities — a key function that supports VAI’s expanding portfolio of external grant funding.

Reynolds’ hire comes during an exceptional period of growth for VAI. Since 2014, the Institute has recruited more than two dozen principal investigators who have established labs at VAI and expanded its research program into new areas including metabolism and nutrition.


Van Andel Institute (VAI) is committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations through cutting-edge biomedical research and innovative educational offerings. Established in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1996 by the Van Andel family, VAI is now home to nearly 500 scientists, educators and support staff, who work with a growing number of national and international collaborators to foster discovery. The Institute’s scientists study the origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and translate their findings into breakthrough prevention and treatment strategies. Our educators develop inquiry-based approaches for K-12 education to help students and teachers prepare the next generation of problem-solvers, while our Graduate School offers a rigorous, research-intensive Ph.D. program in molecular and cellular biology. Learn more at