Geertrui M. Spaepen
Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Geertrui oversees the operations, budget, human resources, and communications in the Office of the Provost and serves as a member of the senior leadership team.
Geertrui joined the University in 2002 and has served in a variety of teaching, student life, and administrative positions, most recently as Associate Secretary of the University. In that role, she supported the University’s Board of Trustees, managed several boards including those of the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Laboratory Schools, and served as Secretary of the Baptist Theological Union. For a decade she also managed oversight of the University’s Advisory Councils (formerly known as Visiting Committees). Geertrui first joined the Office of the President when she was appointed the Student Ombudsperson, responsible for investigating student grievances and negotiating solutions with academic and student deans. She and her husband also served as resident heads in College Housing & Residence Life for close to a decade.
Prior to joining the University, Geertrui held teaching and research positions at Harvard University in the Department of Psychology, conducting non-invasive experiments on primates in the laboratory and at several field sites around the world. She also served as a psychology advisor and a resident tutor for undergraduates at Harvard.
Geertrui received master’s degrees in Social Sciences and in Comparative Human Development, both from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology from Harvard College. Outside of work, Geertrui teaches at a music camp every summer and is an active participant in Hyde Park’s chamber music network.
Budget, Operations, and HR