Grand Valley's Board of Trustees recognized the contributions of longtime member Dorothy A. Johnson at their February 11 meeting.
Johnson and Lucille S. Taylor both ended their board terms in December. Johnson, of Grand Haven, began serving as a trustee in 1995 and served as board chair from 2001-2004.
Current board chair Kate Pew Wolters reflected on her friendship with Johnson and said she was always impressed with Johnson's dedication. "Anything Dottie Johnson commits to she commits to 100 percent," Wolters said.
Wolters read a resolution that also recognized the board tenure of Paul Johnson, Dorothy's brother-in-law. Combined, Dorothy and Paul served on Grand Valley's board for 43 years.
Johnson said while her official Grand Valley responsibility has ended, the university will always hold a special place in her heart. "I will always be here for Grand Valley," she said. Johnson is president emeritus of the Council of Michigan Foundations and the namesake of Grand Valley's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.
Student Senate President Jarrett Martus also read a resolution from the senate that praised Johnson's dedication to students.