The Seidman College of Business provides a rigorous learning environment, with a student focus, a regional commitment, and a global perspective.

The L. William Seidman Center honors Bill Seidman and serves as a monument to his legacy of community leadership and the founding of Grand Valley State University. 

Bill Seidman believed that a business college is more than a place to learn facts and figures. It is an economic engine that helps power our prosperity by providing industry with a highly skilled, well- educated workforce!

The Need

To meet the changing needs of students, faculty and local business leaders and the increasing size of the Seidman College of Business, a new facility was born.

  • Regular classrooms for student demand
  • Large, U-shaped classrooms for the advanced review of case studies
  • Faculty offices large enough to meet with student groups

  • High-touch, high-tech rooms for an Executive Education program
  • Offices to consolidate the college's student services
  • Colloquium areas for outside visitors, recruiters, executive alumni, and special guests
  • Incubator spaces for small business outreach programs
  • Visibility in the community



The Impact

Seidman College of Business is now located in a highly efficient, flexible and networked structure that reinforces the college's intellectual leadership.  We will accomplish this by:

  • providing a front door for the West Michigan business community to interact with the college's numerous outreach programs
  • transforming the previously uninviting riverfront properties into a symbol of the highly educated workforce necessary to propel local and regional business to 21st century success
  • investing in downtown Grand Rapids by building a $40 million,110,000-square-foot structure
  • retaining more than 75% of Seidman College graduates in the West Michigan community, allowing them to start their careers and raise families in the region
  • partnering with more than 200 local and regional employers
  • orienting students to the rigors of the business world by providing access to a state-of-the-art trading room and real-time enterprise technology

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