How did Grand Valley grow from 226 students in 1963 to more than 24,000 students? Two of the people responsible for the university’s growth will reflect on their tenure and discuss how their vision for Grand Valley in the mid-1960s set the course for the comprehensive university of today that offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers and retired Provost Glenn Niemeyer will return to campus to talk about the institution’s early history during a lecture that is part of Grand Valley’s 50th anniversary celebration. Throughout the year, “50th at Noon” lectures will feature longstanding administrators and faculty members who will detail the university’s storied past.
Lubbers and Niemeyer will present their lecture from noon-12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, in the Cook-DeWitt Center of the Allendale Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Lubbers became president of Grand Valley in 1969 at the age of 37, making him one of the youngest college presidents in the nation. When he retired in 2001, he was the longest-serving public university president in the country.
Niemeyer started at Grand Valley in 1963 as a faculty member in the history department and became provost under President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers in 1980 and served with him until both retired in 2001.