Kindschi, director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, received the
Arend D. Lubbers Award, which recognizes longtime faculty and staff
members for service to the university and community. During his
45-year career at Grand Valley, Kindschi helped build the foundation
of the university’s STEM programs.
He served as dean of Science and Mathematics for more than 25 years,
developing more than 14 academic programs and colleges, including what
has transformed into the College of Health Professions, Padnos College
of Engineering and Computing, and Annis Water Resources Institute.
Kindschi was instrumental in K-12 outreach, establishing the Coalition
for Excellence in Science and Math Education, Regional Math and
Science Center and bringing the Science Olympiad tournaments to Grand
President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers presented Kindschi with the
award. “For over two decades, Doug filled that position distinguishing
himself and the sciences,” Lubbers said. “He attracted and managed
resources — always striving, always creating, always achieving.”
Kindschi was appointed founding director of the Kaufman Interfaith
Institute in 2010 and has led programming such as the community-wide
Year of Interfaith Understanding and Jewish/Christian/Muslim dialogues.
Kindschi has served on the board for Van Andel Education Institute
Council, Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center, Mary Free
Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, and other organizations. He earned a
doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been
a visiting fellow at Cambridge University.
In 2015, Grand Valley named its new science building, the P. Douglas
Kindschi Hall of Science, in honor of Kindschi, recognizing both his
role in science education and generous financial support. The
building's greenhouse is named for his wife, Barbara.