Posted on June 07, 2001
GVSU honored a longtime leader of the university, Vice President Emeritus Ronald VanSteeland, in a special ceremony on Thursday, May 24, in the university's Arboretum.
At the ceremony, GVSU President Arend D. Lubbers dedicated the Arboretum to VanSteeland, who retired in March after 35 years in Grand Valley's top administrative posts.
VanSteeland joined Grand Valley in 1966 as personnel officer and established the university's first personnel office. In 1968 he was appointed business manager, in 1973 was named vice president, and in 1979 became vice president for finance and administration, a position he held until his retirement this year.
Grand Valley's Arboretum was established in 1990 as an environmental program that called for one tree to be planted for each ton of paper the university recycled. In October of that year, 33 trees were planted on two acres on the Allendale campus. The natural space, soon to be known as the VanSteeland Arboretum, grew in the past 11 years to encompass seven acres with 735 trees and shrubs from 125 species.