Venderbush Leadership Keynote

April 4th, 2018: 6:00 - 7:30pm, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss

Come celebrate leadership! The Venderbush Leadership Lecture is designed to recognize extraordinary leadership. Since 1999, Grand Valley has honored the memory of Kenneth R. Venderbush through an ongoing series of leadership lectures. 

This Spring, join the Office of Student Life in welcoming Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to our campus at the Venderbush Leadership Keynote, taking place on April 4th from 6-7:30pm in the Pere Marquette Room in the Kirkhof Center for a discussion of the leadership journey which has led her to become the first female Mayor of Grand Rapids. Following Mayor Bliss’s speech, there will be a short Q&A session, and light refreshments will be served. RSVP HERE now!

Grand Rapids Mayor Bliss

Kenneth R. Venderbush (1930-1975)

Dr. Kenneth R. Venderbush came to Grand Valley in 1969. During his tenure he served as Associate Professor and Acting Dean of William James College, and from 1969 until 1973 he was Vice President for Student Affairs. He received an undergraduate degree in speech from Kalamazoo College, an M.A. from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1968. Dr. Venderbush's commitment to student affairs was highlighted by his understanding of student concerns. During his time as Vice President of Student Affairs, he worked to assure student input in the decision-making process. He was a strong advocate of student leadership participation as a learning tool.


The Kenneth R. Venderbush Leadership Award (Awarded on April 9th, 2018)

Please note that the Kenneth R. Venderbush Leadership Award is not awarded at the Venderbush Leadership Reception. The Award is coordinated through the Dean of Students Office.

Since 1983, the university has bestowed its highest Student Leadership Award, the Kenneth R. Venderbush Leadership Award to a graduating senior student. In the Fall of 1999, the university continued to honor his memory through an on-going series of community leadership lectures made possible by a gift from Kenneth R. Venderbush's family.

This prestigious award is presented to a senior who has made a significant leadership contribution to student life at Grand Valley and demonstrates a strong commitment to academics. Award nominations and selection is coordinated through the Dean of Students Office. Click here for more information on nominating a student for the Venderbush Student Leadership Award.

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