The Grand Valley community is mourning the death of colleague Santiago Zapata. He was found dead in his Grand Rapids home on Tuesday, September 25.
Zapata began working at Grand Valley in October 1993. As the program advisor for the TRiO Educational Talent Search program, Zapata worked with area middle school students to prepare them for college.
Elaine Collins, dean of the College of Education, sent the following message to faculty and staff members in the college. “Santiago was a cornerstone of the TRiO Educational Talent Search department, working tirelessly on behalf of students. He will be greatly missed,” she wrote.
Funeral arrangements are still pending. GVNow will update this story when more details are known.