Leadership center opens on Pew Grand Rapids Campus

The John G. Russell Leadership Center opened April 28 on Grand Valley's Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
The John G. Russell Leadership Center opened April 28 on Grand Valley's Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
Image Credit: Bernadine Carey Tucker
From left: GVSU President Thomas J. Haas; John Russell, Consumers Energy chairman of the Board; Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy president; David Mengebier, Consumers Energy senior vice president of Governmental, Regulatory and Public Affairs.
From left: GVSU President Thomas J. Haas; John Russell, Consumers Energy chairman of the Board; Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy president; David Mengebier, Consumers Energy senior vice president of Governmental, Regulatory and Public Affairs.
Image Credit: Bernadine Carey Tucker

Representatives from Consumers Energy and Grand Valley celebrated the opening of the John G. Russell Leadership Center April 28 on Grand Valley's Pew Grand Rapids Campus. 

The $11 million, 31,000-square-foot facility is located just south of Grand Valley's L. William Seidman Center on Front Avenue SW in Grand Rapids. The center is owned by Consumers Energy and was constructed and designed by the company for professional development for its employees.

Grand Valley President Thomas J. Haas said the facility represents the power of private-public partnerships that are at the heart of the university's history, calling it the "perfect fit."

"Grand Valley is in the talent business. The presence of the John Russell Leadership Center on our campus gives Consumers access to university services, academic talent and future employees," Haas said.

John G. Russell, chairman of the boards of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy, said the center will not only build tomorrow’s leaders for Consumers Energy, but will also leverage the expertise of Grand Valley faculty and staff.