Arthur C. Hills Living Center
Named for a past Grand Valley Board of Control member and a past Board of Control secretary respectively, Hills opened in 2001 and accommodate 494 students in double rooms with individual bathrooms and a kitchenette in each unit.
Art Hills began his career at Grand Valley as one of the original 14 faculty members in 1963. He served as a music professor when classes first began at what was then Grand Valley State College. The next year he was appointed assistant dean of the college and in 1966 he became associate dean of Academic Affairs. He also coordinated the college's Teaching Preparation Program. In 1971, Hills was appointed vice president for Administration and chief academic officer and became founding director of the Performing Arts Center. In 1978 he became executive assistant to President Arend D. Lubbers and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, a position he held until his retirement in 1987.
Pioneer professor, Hills, recalled a hootenanny the college held for the incoming students of 1963, prior to the start of classes.When some of the students asked, "Can we see some of the classrooms in the building?" The response was, "There isn't any electricity yet!" Classes were set to start in just a few days. So it was very tight from that standpoint, but didn't we grow! (Nancy Willey in Grand Valley Magazine, Winter 2004).
Art Hlls is the composer of the university's Alma Mater. The Arthur C. Hills music scholarship and the Art Hills Spirit Award are other tributes to this original GVSU (then Grand Valley State College) professor.
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