GRAND RAPIDS — David Hooker, president and CEO of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and former member of Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees, was honored by the board at its February 8 meeting held at the L. William Seidman Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Hooker was honored for his eight years of service on the board, which included serving as chair of the board and chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.

“David was steadfast in his commitment to the governance of Grand Valley,” said Mary Kramer, chair of the Board of Trustees. “His insistence upon academic quality, founded in the liberal arts, reflects his belief in providing students with the best possible educational experience.”

Hooker said he will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board.

“It was an honor and privilege to serve this institution for eight years,” said Hooker. “The board members and others in this room are truly exceptional people dedicated to student success, and I’ll always treasure the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Kramer said Hooker’s leadership role at Frederik Meijer Gardens and involvement with ArtPrize, United Way and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital are beneficial to the greater good of the Grand Rapids area.

Kramer also said Hooker continued the legacy of service to Grand Valley started by his parents, Robert and Judith Hooker, who also served as members of the board. The Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center on the Allendale Campus was named in honor of them, as well as Earl and Donnalee Holton, to recognize their service to the university.

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