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A “cornerstone” in the creation of Grand Valley State University has died

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Glenn A. Niemeyer

Glenn A. Niemeyer was institution's first provost.

A man described as a “cornerstone” in the creation of Grand Valley State University has died.

Glenn A. Niemeyer began his Grand Valley State University career in 1963 when the institution was in its infancy. Back then, Niemeyer was a history professor possessing leadership qualities. He advanced to history department chair then dean of arts and sciences. He was promoted to vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. He would ultimately be named GVSU’s first provost.

President emeritus Arend D. Lubbers began working with Niemeyer in 1968.

In a statement Lubbers said, “Glenn was the cornerstone in the foundation of Grand Valley. The mentality, emotion, loyalty and competence he brought to the institution created its ethos."

President Philomena V. Mantella added, “Today’s students are direct beneficiaries of his dedication.”

Niemeyer retired in 2001. The Glenn A. Niemeyer Living and Learning Center on the Allendale Campus is named in his honor.

Glenn A Niemeyer was 87.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.