In celebration of Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary, the much-admired, former Speaker of the Michigan House Paul Hillegonds brought his first-hand experience in government and business to his February 16 talk on what the next 50 years holds for Michigan.
A complete transcript of his lecture is available here
Named by Governing Magazine in 1994 as Public Official of the Year, Hillegonds is currently senior vice president of corporate affairs at DTE Energy. Former president of Detroit Renaissance, and member of Grand Valley's Board of Trustees from 1997-2001, Hillegonds serves on the boards of The Cultural Alliance for Southeast Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Future, Inc., Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, The Center for Michigan and The Kresge Foundation. He also received an honorary doctorate degree from Grand Valley in 1995.