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20th Anniversary Highlights of Hope

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OUR HISTORY CONTINUED FROM PG 9 > programs and provided the necessary momentum for growth and success. “If you love people and have the ability to help them do great things, then you’re really living the dream,” Vande Woude said. On the day Vande Woude signed his contract, Institute Founder Jay Van Andel held Vande Woude’s arm and said, “Together, we will make history.” “If you love people and have the ability to help them do great things, then you’re really living the dream.” - Dr. George Vande Woude (LEFT TO RIGHT) DR. BART WILLIAMS, DR. CRAIG WEBB AND DR. ART ALBERTS AT THE PHASE I GRAND OPENING. 2006 Dale Chihuly, a world-renowned glass sculptor, unveils Life, commissioned in 2004 by Jay Van Andel in memory of Betty Van Andel. The sculpture hangs in VAI’s lobby. Carol Van Andel introduces the inaugural Couture for a Cure fashion event held to benefit VAI. VAEI begins its inaugural Out-of-School-Time Cohort Program. 2005 Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) founded and receives charter from the State of Michigan to confer master’s and Ph.D. degrees. VAI signs agreement with Michigan State University to support the creation of a medical school in downtown Grand Rapids. Dr. Steven J. Triezenberg appointed Dean of Van Andel Institute Graduate School. 10 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

Trailblazing Trustees—Peter Cook and Ralph Hauenstein The Institute began as the dream of the Van Andel family. Through the support of other West Michigan community leaders and philanthropists like Peter Cook and Ralph Hauenstein, this dream helped transform the region. "Because of Peter Cook and Ralph Hauenstein's careful guidance, Van Andel Institute has grown not only in size but in stature in the scientific community, and served as a catalyst for the transformation of a community, a region and an economy," David Van Andel said. Both men shared a unique vision for their city and understood that the Institute would shift the economic trajectory of Grand Rapids and be a force for change. Their wisdom, business experience and community connections helped guide the Institute in its beginning and provided a sturdy philanthropic course for the future. After years of service, the two men were awarded emeritus status on Van Andel Institute’s Board of Trustees in 2008, and they continued to serve with distinction throughout their lives. Cook passed away in 2010 and Hauenstein in 2016, but both men left behind impressive legacies that live on in the Institute’s mission and the thriving city they helped redefine. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE’S FIRST TRUSTEES, PETER COOK AND RALPH HAUENSTEIN. 2007 VAEI launches Science on Saturday program. VAEI hosts first West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference for students and professors. First students enter Van Andel Institute Graduate School. Groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II building expansion. VARI and the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM) establish the VARI/SIMM Center for Drug Discovery in Shanghai, China. 2008 Child authors of the book Kid’s Cancer Stories visit with more than 100 VAI employees for a book signing. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 11

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