Friends and Colleagues of Dr. Marvin G. Devries

Friends and Colleagues of Dr. Marvin G. Devries

Dr. Marvin “Marv” G. DeVries was one of the first six founding Pioneer faculty members of Grand Valley State University. He was key to the introduction of business courses at Grand Valley. Through Bill Seidman’s continuing efforts and generosity, the Seidman College of Business was created in 1973, where Marv served as founding and longest serving Dean from 1973 to 1988.

Dr. DeVries cared about all, and mentored many, business students during his 15-year tenure as Dean of the Seidman College of Business. Today, Grand Valley continues to reap the benefits of those relationships that Marv forged and we are grateful for his contributions to the University and to the Seidman College.


“Next year I plan to study abroad with Semester at Sea (facilitated by the University of Virginia), where I will be conducting independent research on the coastal community resilience to the rising sea-level. Therefore, this scholarship is absolutely indispensable for funding both my remaining semester at GVSU and my semester abroad. Thank you very much! Your generous contribution is greatly appreciated.”
-Yulia Conley, Senior