Jerry Callahan, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Jerry Callahan, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Chief Strategic Officer


Jerry Callahan, Ph.D., M.B.A., serves as Van Andel Institute’s Chief Strategic Officer. In this role, Dr. Callahan works to ensure broad cohesion for strategic planning and organizational alignment across the Institute.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Callahan has been deeply involved in development of life science innovation in West Michigan. He formed two private equity and venture capital investment firms focused in the life sciences, and launched several startup life science companies, serving in various leadership roles such as chairman, CEO, CIO and COO. Dr. Callahan serves on the board of several life science and nonprofit entities, including the Grand Rapids SmartZone and Mary Free Bed YMCA.

Dr. Callahan holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration, a master’s degree in Information Systems Management and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership.