Grand Valley State University officials Friday dedicated a building on its Allendale campus after President Arend. D. “Don” Lubbers and his wife Nancy. What was once known as the Student Services Building will now be known as The Lubbers Student Services Center.
Housing several departments including Admissions, Financial Aid, Dean of Students Office, and Registrar's Office, the Lubbers Student Services Center comes nearly 17 years after President Lubbers retired in 20o1.
According to GVSU officials, Don Lubbers served as Grand Valley's president for more than three decades with his wife, Nancy, at his side. The couple “have continued to serve and impact students and the university through their counsel, actions and personal support,” a release stated.
The Lubbers most recent philanthropic came with the establishment of the Don and Nancy Lubbers Opportunity Scholarship. The scholarship is rewarded to students who have a strong GPA but come from working class families, and therefore do not qualify for government aid.
On hand at the ceremony was current President Tom Haas, who announced his own retirement at the end of the 2018-2019 academic school year. Meanwhile, when Lubbers stepped down as president of Grand Valley in 2001, he had the longest tenure of any university president in the country at 32 years.