Public Act 120 of the 70th Legislature of the State of Michigan,
Regular Session 1960 (House Bill No. 477), to establish and regulate a
state institution of higher learning, is signed into law.
A Million Dollar Fund Drive set up to raise private money required by
legislation. $350,000 raised for purchase of campus site and over
$1,000,000 for building program from over 5,000 individuals,
organizations, and businesses in eight-county area.
College Naming Contest draws 2500 submissions. Several suggest Grand
Valley State College; drawing held in March 1961 from those entries
for prize of four-year tuition scholarship. Winner gives scholarship
to his 7-year-old sister.
Thirty-six member Site Committee forms to evaluate locations for new
college in one of the eight counties of the area: Allegan, Barry,
Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa. By March 10,
1961, 20 sites are under consideration.