Gregory Zimmerman‚Äč

  • Position: Associate Dean
  • Department: Dean's Office
  • Campus Address: Health Professions Building 2217
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Phone: 989-774-1850
  • Email:

Dr. Gregory Zimmerman began his role as Associate Dean of The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions in the fall of 2019.

He was born and raised in central Michigan, Clare, and Flint respectively. As an avid follower of health and education advancements while in high school, it led him to pursue and achieve his Bachelor's Degree in Sports Medicine and Public Health Education from Central Michigan University (CMU). Upon settling into his career, he went on to earn a Master of Science in Administration-Health Services Degree from CMU and Doctorate Degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a former combat medic in the U.S. Army Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge in 1988.

He has served in numerous leadership roles in healthcare and higher education over the past 34 years including the Atlanta Braves National Baseball Club, General Motors University, Metaldyne University, Mercy Medical Center-Trinity Health, and Ferris State University. He has experience providing acute care for sports related injuries from secondary school students to professional-level athletes. He was also one of the founding members of the sports medicine "industrial athlete" concept, having been one of the first athletic trainers in the nation to be employed in the corporate/industrial environment to treat and rehabilitate employee injuries within the work-site.

Throughout his career, Dr. Zimmerman has served on various committees, task forces, councils, and boards. More recently, he was appointed by former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (confirmed by the Senate) to serve on the Board of Occupational Therapists Licensing and Regulation. His research interests include international health care, inter-professional collaboration, process improvement in academia, program innovation, and leadership development. He has been a featured speaker at several state, regional, national, and international conferences and symposiums.

Greg resides in Big Rapids, Michigan with his wife Celia and two sons, Tyler and Caleb. They enjoy travel, golf, and relaxing at their northern Michigan cottage.