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Office of Academic Governance


Owen Hall 
735 E Shaw Ln, Room W32
East Lansing, MI 48825 


(517) 355-2337

Secretary for Academic Governance

Tyler Silvestri

Tyler Silvestri (he/him) has served as Michigan State University's Secretary for Academic Governance since August 10, 2020.

Silvestri earned his Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law in 2020 and is a licensed attorney in Michigan. He also graduated from MSU’s James Madison College in 2017 with a degree in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and a minor in Philosophy in Law. He is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary for Academic Governance, Silvestri was heavily involved in academic governance at MSU for several years. Between 2015 and 2020, Silvestri served on the University Committee on Student Affairs, chaired the UCSA Subcommittee on Policy, was a member of both University Council and Faculty Senate, played a key role on the Ad Hoc Committee on Bylaws Reform, and was variously the secretary, vice chairperson, and chairperson of the University Committee on Academic Governance. He was the first student to chair UCAG in at least thirty years.

Other roles Silvestri previously held at MSU include Resident Assistant in Mason-Abbot Hall from 2015-2017, President of Mason-Abbot Hall Government from 2016-2017, and Assistant Director of the Associated Students of Michigan State University’s Student Rights Advocates from 2016-2017. During law school, Silvestri worked as a journalist for his podcast and website, On the Banks, which focused on MSU-related issues.


Assistant to the Secretary for Academic Governance

Aditya Chandra Varma

Aditya Chandra Varma (he/him) has been the Student Assistant at the Office of Academic Governance since January 9, 2023.

Varma is a bachelor’s candidate in the College of Engineering and will be graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering in April 2024, and is an international student from New Delhi, India.

He has been heavily involved on campus with the Undergraduate International Indian Student Association (UIISA) as the Director of Outreach and Risk Manager, with TEDxMSU as a Director of Speakers, and with numerous Honors College organizations such as the International Scholars Advisory Board (ISAB) and Honors Students Actively Recruiting (H-STAR).

Varma has also been part of various research labs at MSU, including the Energy and Automotive Research Lab (EARL), and the Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety (CANVAS) Student Research Group.

Prior to this position, he was an undergraduate learning assistant at the Department of Math, and completed internships at the Michigan Public Power Agency and Milwaukee Tool.

Assistant to the Secretary for Academic Governance

Jack Rockwood

Jack Rockwood (he/him) has been the Assistant to the Secretary for Academic Governance since September 19, 2023.
Rockwood is a Bachelor's Candidate for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and will be graduating with a degree in Games and Interactive Media in April 2026. He is an out-of-state student from Rogers, Arkansas.
He enrolled in MSU in 2022 and is currently in his Sophomore year. He is heavily involved in the Michigan State Melee Club with collaboration with the E-Sports Club Association (ECA). Prior to this role, he has worked on the staff of the Amazeum Children’s Museum, developing and facilitating STEM-based activities for local children. He has also worked on the University of Arkansas Soybean Crossing Lab.