College foundation names officers and members


Jim Brooks and Donna Brooks. Courtesy GVSU

After more than two decades, a college foundation has named new general chairs to lead the organization.

The Grand Valley University Foundation is under new leadership after the nonprofit selected new general and vice chairs, five new directors and a member to the advisory cabinet during its annual meeting last month.

Officer transition

After serving as general chairman of the foundation nearly 25 years, Richard M. DeVos was named the new general chairman emeritus. He was originally appointed the foundation’s chairman in 1991.

Jim and Donna Brooks, who served as vice chairs of the foundation in the past, were named the foundation’s general chairs. The Brookses co-chaired the university’s first comprehensive campaign and Donna Brooks served as a member of the university’s board of trustees for 16 years between 1993 and 2009.

The latest appointments to the 2016 GVUF Executive Committee also included Dan and Pamella DeVos as the foundation’s vice chairs. The DeVoses have served on the foundation for numerous years and also co-chaired GVSU’s campaign.


GVUF also named five new directors to the foundation: Charles “Trip” Johnson III, president of G&L Chili Dogs and PBJ Realty LLC; Holly Johnson, president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation; Greg Kaufman, president and CEO of Amstore Corp.; Randy Price, owner-operator of 19 McDonald’s restaurants in West Michigan and owner of Lakeshore Staffing; and Dr. Larry Robson, vascular and transplant surgeon in Grand Rapids for nearly 32 years.

Gary VerPlank was also named to the foundation’s advisory board during the annual meeting.

The foundation

GVUF was chartered in 1965 and provides support for GVSU through student grants, scholarship, faculty and academic program development, capital maintenance and growth and long-term financial stability.

The foundation also helps lead fundraising campaigns and hosts special events.

In 2014 more than 15,000 donors contributed to GVUF to raise at least $11 million for programs, projects and scholarships. The foundation also surpassed the $100-million mark for the university’s endowment for the first time and created 21 new scholarships, which brings the overall total of private scholarships to 361.

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