Donna Granger, Todd Steen and Ron Granger
Todd Steen Holds Endowed
Todd Steen of the Hope College economics faculty holds the Granger
Endowed Professorship in Economics, Management and Accounting.
The professorship is designated for an outstanding member of the
faculty in the department of economics, management and accounting
with a spiritually mature Christian faith whose teaching and actions
are exemplary; and who makes a positive difference in the lives
of Hope students, sharing his or her own Christianity to help them
grow in their own faith, and the world beyond. It has been established
by Ron and Donna Granger of Lansing, Mich. who are pictured with
In addition to recognizing faculty members for excellence, endowed
professorships provide funding for summer research projects as
well as some salary support. The college has a total of 19 endowed
professorships for faculty and two endowed chaplaincies.
"Endowed professorships make a very real difference to the
college by providing an opportunity to recognize outstanding members
of the faculty and supporting their work as scholars and teachers," said
Dr. James E. Bultman, president of Hope College. "Ron and
Donna Granger are business leaders known for demonstrating their
Christian faith by investing their time, talent and financial resources,
and making a positive difference in the community. We are grateful
for their longtime involvement in the life of the college, which
has included not only generous financial support but participation
first as the parents of students and, more recently, as the grandparents
of students at Hope."
"Todd Steen is a respected member of the faculty who makes
a significant difference through his teaching and scholarship.
He is a mentor and a person of faith in the lives of his students,
in his discipline and in the community," Bultman said. "He
is a most deserving inaugural recipient of the new Granger Professorship."
A professor of economics, Steen has been a member of the Hope
faculty since 1988. His appointment to the endowed professorship
became effective July 1, 2009.
Steen's interests include labor economics and Christian perspectives
on economics. His courses at the college have included Principles
of Macroeconomics, Labor Economics, Christianity and the Marketplace,
Econometrics, First-Year Seminar, Economic Themes and Topics, Internships
in Vocation and Intermediate Macroeconomics.
He has published dozens of articles and reviews in a variety of
journals, including "Population Research and Policy Review," "International
Journal of Social Economics," "Perspectives" and "The
Christian Century," and he has also made numerous presentations
at professional conferences. He has served as the managing editor
of "Christian Scholar's Review" since 1994.
In 1996, "The Christian Century" received an "Award
of Merit" from the Associated Church Press" for the article "Justice
Among the Generations," which he wrote with Hope colleague
Dr. Robin Klay. In 1993, the college's graduating class presented
him with the 29th annual "Hope Outstanding Professor Educator" (H.O.P.E.)
In addition to his teaching, he has been involved in the life
of the college in a variety of ways. Among other current activities,
he serves as co-coordinator of his department of economics, management
and accounting's Internship in Vocation program, which he helped
develop; is faculty advisor of the college's chapter of the Omicron
Delta Epsilon economics honorary society; and is on the coordinating
committee of the Hope College Pew Society. His past activities
include having developed and coordinated the mentoring program
for students in the department of economics, management and accounting,
and having served as faculty advisor of the college's chapter of
He is in his 10th year on the board of trustees of the Holland
Christian Schools, currently serving as president. He has participated
in a variety of ministries at Park Christian Reformed Church, where
his wife Suzie serves as director of adult ministries. His activities
also include past service on the Compensation Committee of Christian
Steen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geography from Pennsylvania
State University, a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts and doctorate
in economics from Harvard University. His doctoral dissertation
was on the economics of child care.
Ron and Donna Granger have four children and 13 grandchildren.
Three of their children attended Hope, their eldest grandchild
graduated from Hope in 2007, and three of their grandchildren and
a grandnephew are attending Hope currently.
Ron and Donna have been longtime supporters of the college's annual
Hope Fund. They also established the Ronald Keith and Donna Mae
Granger Scholarship Fund at Hope in 2004. The scholarship is designed
to provide financial assistance for deserving students with financial
need, with preference given to graduating students from Lansing
Christian High School.
Ron is co-chairman of the board of his family-owned business,
Granger III & Associates. Granger is a leader in performing
environmental management-related services; specifically in the
area of solid-waste collection and disposal, recycling, composting
and landfill gas-to-energy applications.
Ron and Donna are active in their church, Mt. Hope United Methodist
in Lansing, as well as their private foundation which was established
with Ron's two brothers and their wives in 1978.
Endowed chairs are established by donors who wish to assist
the college on a permanent basis through the support of a faculty
The gift is placed in the college's endowment fund with investment
income used to support the work of the honored professor. In
addition to recognizing faculty members for excellence, endowed
funding for summer research projects as well as some salary support.
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