Peter Secchia is a proud graduate of Michigan State University and he received an honorary Doctorate of Law from Grand Valley State University in 1991. From 1989 to 1993, Peter was the U.S. Ambassador to Italy. He was honored in 1994 as Michigans Entrepreneur of the Year and named Businessman of the Year by Grand Rapids Economic Club in 1995. Peter was an influential leader in the building and renewal of Grand Rapids. He serves on the executive committee of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and is on the board of trustees of the Bush Presidential Library Foundation in addition to his position on the Grand Valley University Foundation board of directors. Back to Foundation Leadership.