Arend Lubbers

Arend Donselaar "Don" Lubbers (born July 23, 1931) was president of Grand Valley State University (and predecessor Grand Valley State College) from 1969 to 2001. He was the second president of Grand Valley, serving after James Zumberge and before Mark Murray. He currently holds the title of President Emeritus. Most of the university's growth came during his tenure.

Arend Donselaar Lubbers
Lubbers in 2014
Born (1931-07-23) July 23, 1931
EducationAB, Hope College, 1953
AM, Rutgers University, 1956
OccupationCollege administrator
Employer1969-2001, President of Grand Valley State University
1960-1969, President of Central College (Iowa)
Board member ofGrand Bank
Macatawa Bank
Hackley Hospital
Olivet College
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute of Environmental Research and Education
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Porter Hills Foundation
West Michigan Sports Commission
Spouse(s)m. Eunice L. Mayo, June 19, 1953 (div.)
m. Nancy Vanderpol, December 21, 1968
Childrenwith Eunice: Arend Donselaar, John Irwin Darrow, Mary Elizabeth
with Nancy: Robert Andrew, Caroline Jayne
Parent(s)Irwin Jacob and Margaret (Van Donselaar) Lubbers
AwardsGolden Plate Award, 1962
Golden-Emblem Order of Merit, Polish People's Republic, 1988
Trustee's Award for Community Leadership, Aquinas College, 1998
Lifetime Achievement Award, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, 2001
named 1 of top 100 young men in U.S., Life (magazine), 1962.
LittD, Central College, 1977
DSc, University of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, 1987
LHD, Hope College, 1988
DSc, Akademia Ekonomiczna, Krakow, Poland, 1989
DSc, University of Kingston, England, 1995
LittD, Grand Valley State University
LittD, Olivet College, 2008.
Arts Building at Central College named after Lubbers and his father

Early life

Lubbers graduated from Hope College, where his father Irwin Lubbers was president, and received his master's degree from Rutgers University in 1956.

He taught at Wittenberg University .

He served as president of Central College in Pella, Iowa, until he became Grand Valley's president.

Grand Valley State University

Lubbers became president of what was then Grand Valley State College at the age of 37, making him one of the nation's youngest university presidents.

The university expanded from a small cluster of colleges to Michigan's fastest growing university.

Lubbers Stadium on the Allendale Campus is named for him.

When he retired in 2001, Lubbers was the longest serving state university leader in the country.


  1. "Arend Donselaar Lubbers" (Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). The Complete Marquis Who's Who. Marquis Who's Who. 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2011. Gale Biography In Context. Gale Document Number: GALE|K2017328823
Academic offices
Preceded by
James Zumberge
President of Grand Valley State University
Succeeded by
Mark Murray
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