• SVSU Board approves re-naming of Health & Human Services Building to Bachand Hall

    For immediate release: June 20, 2022
    Contact: J.J. Boehm, Executive Director, University Communications       
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    SVSU Board approves re-naming of Health & Human Services Building to Bachand Hall
    The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control approved honoring Donald Bachand’s dedicated service to the university by re-naming SVSU’s Health and Human Services as “Bachand Hall.”
    The announcement came during the Board’s regular meeting Monday, June 20. Currently serving as SVSU president, Bachand previously announced his intent to retire from that role in November 2021.
    “The Board is immensely appreciative of Don’s extraordinary commitment to SVSU over the past 44 years,” said Vicki Rupp, chair of the SVSU Board of Control. “For someone to grow their career from assistant professor to dean to provost to president at the same institution is utterly remarkable and deserving of recognition.
    “There is much I could say about Don’s many accomplishments during his 8 years as president, but his leadership during the pandemic really stands out to me. Not only did SVSU open its classrooms and residence halls in August 2020 to serve students, it rallied the university community to offer COVID-19 vaccination events on campus, saving many lives in the process.”
    A former Detroit police officer, Bachand joined SVSU in 1978 as one of its founding criminal justice professors, later earning the Landee Award for Teaching Excellence, SVSU’s most prestigious academic honor. He advanced through the ranks and was named SVSU’s fourth president in February 2014. 
    “Don’s emphasis on building relationships with students and preparing them for successful lives and careers is an enduring piece of his legacy,” Rupp added. “He and Liana have done so much to create stronger ties between SVSU and organizations throughout Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region and far beyond. We would all do well to learn from their example.”
    The Board also approved a resolution of appreciation for Don’s wife, Liana Bachand, for demonstrating “an extraordinary commitment to promoting student success and spreading the SVSU story throughout the region and across the globe,” among other things.
    Liana played a key leadership role in building a health clinic adjacent to the Royal Seed Home orphanage in Ghana, West Africa. The Bachands have personally supported the project financially. SVSU has a close relationship with neighboring Pentecost University College in Ghana.
    As a long-serving faculty member and administrator, President Bachand emphasized a healthy and effective workplace, leading to SVSU receiving national recognition as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.
    Bachand also increased private giving to support key initiatives. The number of private scholarships awarded to students more than doubled from 729 to more than 1,700 by 2021. He led a fundraising campaign that resulted in more than $15 million in private gifts and nearly $10 million in state funding to construct a building addition for the Scott L. Carmona College of Business, which opened in 2020.
    SVSU is actively conducting a presidential search, and the Board is expected to select SVSU’s fifth president this summer. Bachand is expected to complete his service as president by year’s end. A formal building-naming ceremony will be announced at a later date.

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