Sharon BakerView all stories
Faculty and staff have been leaving their legacies since the establishment of Grand Valley State University in 1960. And Sharon Baker, who works for Grand Valley operations knows all about supporting the future of the university.
“People have been giving to this university since it started,” she said. “It’s just something that you do. It makes sense to continue what was started many years ago to benefit future generations.”
Baker also has several family members who are involved with the university. Her daughter works at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and her grandson is a freshman here.
Being a family that has three generations directly connected with Grand Valley, the Bakers are well on their way to establishing a family legacy at the university.
“GVSU has invested in me through employment and it’s only right that I invest back for all that this university has done for my family,” Baker said. “Grand Valley is truly a part of my family.”
Baker feels that giving back really makes a difference in the lives of students.
“Too many people in this world are takers,” she said. “Giving back just gives me a feeling I can’t describe, it’s wonderful to be able to give. It feels right to know that something that I am doing is making an impact for a student somewhere.”