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President Haas recognized by Congressman Huizenga

  • U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., recognized President Thomas J. Haas for his 13 years of service at Grand Valley in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House June 20.

Posted on June 20, 2019

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., recognized President Thomas J. Haas for his 13 years of service at Grand Valley in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House June 20.

During the speech, Huizenga recognized Haas for the growth of Grand Valley, his relationship with students and his impact on West Michigan.

Huizenga's full remarks are below:

"Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the career of a friend, public servant, and a caring educator – Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas.

As a retired United States Coast Guard Captain, who also holds a Ph.D, President Haas has devoted his life of service to our country, and most recently to West Michigan and the students of Grand Valley.

Having been appointed the university's 4th President in 2006 – he successfully laid a foundation for a culture that nurtures innovation and excellence.

Under his leadership, enrollment has soared to over 25,000 students, 46 undergraduate and graduate programs have been added, and the university has expanded with 2.5 million square feet of new buildings. 

'T-Haas,' as he is affectionately called by students, and his wife Marcia, will forever be cherished and adored by the Grand Valley Community.

Together, they have passionately dedicated themselves to putting students first.

The now famous 'selfie with T-Haas' is a clear example of the way they treated every student like their own. 

President Haas – you are the epitome of the term a Laker for a Lifetime.

It has been an honor to work with you in support of Grand Valley, its students, and West Michigan.

While your time as President may be coming to an end, your legacy and impact will forever live on."