We are pleased to announce our newest Regional Director of Client Relations & Engagement, Blaze Bowers. Blaze will serve prospective and current clients in the southeast region in his role at Grand River Solutions.

Blaze is an experienced executive and cabinet-level higher education student affairs and compliance administrator and university-level instructor, having served as Chief Student Affairs Officer, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Compliance, a Title IX Coordinator, an Institutional Compliance Officer, and an adjunct faculty member. In his previous role, Blaze served as Assistant Vice President for Academic and Student Support Services & Senior Title IX and Institutional Compliance Officer at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), where he also served as an Instructor of Criminal Justice and Political Science. At LMU, Blaze pioneered and coordinated the institution’s Institutional Alcohol and Drug Compliance Taskforce, the Institutional Title IX Committee, and the University’s first Pregnant and Parenting Student Academic Adjustments Policy. He also reconfigured ADA/Section 504 procedures and practices and other compliance and student affairs initiatives, policies, and programs.

Managing Director Jody Shipper said, “I first met Blaze years ago through his work with the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson Law. He stood out from the start for his knowledge, dedication to the field, and compassion, and I am thrilled that he will be joining us, bringing his skills and practical expertise to our team.” Senior Director of Business Development Chantelle Botticelli added, “Blaze’s extensive network in the Southeast, coupled with his infectious energy and firsthand experience as a client, uniquely positions him to excel in his new role.”

“I am exceptionally excited to join the Grand River Solutions team,” said Blaze. “Having dedicated my career to supporting students and institutions in higher education—I cannot think of a team that better embodies the same commitment to promoting equity and aiding compliance efforts. I am honored to work at Grand River Solutions and look forward to best serving our clients and partners.”

Learn more about Blaze here.