About the Honoree
David Custer is the CEO and chairman of Custer Workplace Interiors. David was a first-generation student at what was then Grand Rapids Junior College, and he credits the college with building the foundation for him to become a successful business leader in the city. He has always remembered that and has worked to ensure others have the same opportunities.
David has volunteered for Grand Rapids Community College for more than 30 years, serving on the Foundation Board of Directors since 1989. He was the first non-college leader selected to chair the Foundation Board. He led three capital campaigns for the college, helping to secure more than $37 million. David was a leading donor and fundraiser to establish an alumni house on campus, providing a facility that will allow GRCC to connect with alumni in a unique way.
“Dave’s commitment to improving access to higher education for everyone in our community, for more than 30 years, is a legacy that should be celebrated and honored,” said Kathryn Mullins, vice president for college advancement and executive director of the GRCC Foundation. “Dave’s leadership is no secret here in West Michigan, and it’s wonderful to see him recognized and acknowledged nationally for his devotion to GRCC and his hard work to help our students.”
About the Award
The Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement recognizes an individual for service to one’s alma mater. It is the highest honor that CASE presents to an alumni volunteer. The award is named for the first executive director of the American Alumni Council, one of CASE’s two predecessor organizations.