Grand Valley mourns the December 30 death of Glenn A. Niemeyer, the university’s first provost. He was 87.
Niemeyer was an original faculty member, having joined GVSU upon its opening in 1963. He rose through the ranks as history professor, department chair, dean of arts and sciences, then vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost.
He retired in 2001 as provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and earned emeritus status.
“Provost Niemeyer was passionate about great teaching and robust academic programs, which remain the hallmarks of Grand Valley,” said President Philomena V. Mantella. “Today’s students are direct beneficiaries of his dedication.” Mantella noted that Niemeyer spent his entire academic career at GVSU.