Grand Valley to celebrate progress toward new home for Seidman College of Business

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Grand Valley State University will make a major announcement regarding the new L. William Seidman building for the Seidman College of Business in downtown Grand Rapids. The October 6 event will acknowledge the community support for the building, which will be named in honor of Grand Valley’s founding trustee. This comes as the university is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Rich DeVos, general chairman of the Grand Valley University Foundation, will give remarks, along with Thomas J. Haas, president of Grand Valley; Doug DeVos and David Frey, co-chairs of the building campaign titled Shares in a Common Future; and Tom Seidman, son of the late Bill Seidman.

The event will take place Wednesday, October 6, in a tented area located at the site of the proposed L. William Seidman Building, 38 Front Ave. in Grand Rapids.
MEDIA NOTE: The event begins at 11:15 a.m. with remarks at 11:45 a.m.; a mult box will be provided. Guest speakers will be available for interviews after formal remarks.

The academic profile of Seidman students is now within the top two business schools in the state. The leading-edge facility will allow the Seidman College of Business to continue to recruit and retain creative and talented students and faculty, and increase classroom space to better serve students. It will also be a front door for the business community, allowing for expansion in programs and resources for business.

The new building will allow the college to meet the unique and evolving needs of business professionals and will help Grand Valley continue to play a key role in preparing the next generation of leaders for Michigan’s new knowledge economy.

“The Seidman College of Business is vitally important to producing young leaders for our region and our state,” said Grand Valley President Thomas J. Haas. “The success of this project is a reflection on the generosity of this community and the attractiveness of Bill Seidman’s original vision for Grand Valley and for the business school.”

The dean of the Seidman College, H. James Williams, said the building will provide “a state-of-the-art business education center, benefiting students and the region. We will be able to admit additional students and further support Seidman’s role in economic development throughout the state,” Williams said.

The Seidman College of Business has outgrown its shared space in the DeVos Center. It serves 3,000 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students — many of whom will become future business leaders in Michigan. SCB has nearly 200 employees, including 90 full-time faculty members plus adjunct faculty and administrative staff.
 
The project will generate around 300 construction jobs and additional permanent Grand Valley jobs as the Seidman College expands in its new home. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2011, with the new building opening to students in 2013.

For more information, contact Grand Valley’s News and Information Services office at (616) 331-2221.