Davenport Unveils New Plans

    GRAND RAPIDS — This morning Davenport University unveiled the details of the university’s newest and largest campus.

    The campus will be located on 42 acres in Caledonia along the South Beltline near M-37. It will be the university’s largest, serving 2,400 students and scheduled to open in fall 2005, the campus will include an academic and student center, an administrative building, a library and technology center and student housing.

    “An investment in Davenport University is an investment in the strength and growth of our business community. All of us in business know this university provides a practical education that prepares students to be well equipped to enter the workforce,” said Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel in a joint statement.

    “We’re proud to be the honorary co-chairs of this campaign and encourage out community to support the growth of Davenport University.”

    DeVos will serve as honorary co-chair of the fundraising campaign with VanAndel and Steve VanAndel, who will represent his father. Also on the program are campaign co-chairs Wilbur Lettinga, chairman and CEO of Kentland Corporation and Glenn Steil, CEO of Compatico.

    “This project will allow Davenport University to grow, while at the same time allowing us to provide our students with an academic setting that is comfortable, has state-of-the-art classrooms and technology, and is conducive to learning now and into the future,” said Randolph Flechsig, Davenport president.

    An announcement about enhancements to the university’s Grand Rapids campus on Fulton Street will also be included in the program.

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