AB, Hope College, 1953. AM, Rutgers University, 1956. Doctor of Letters, Central College, 1977.
Doctor of Science, University Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, 1987. Doctor of Humane Letters, Hope College, 1988. Doctor of Science, Akademia Ekonomiczna, Krakow, Poland, 1989.
Doctor of Science, University Kingston University, England, 1995. Doctor of Letters, Grand Valley State University. Doctor of Letters, Olivet College, 2008.
Research assistant Rutgers University, 1954-1955. Research fellow Reformed Church in American, 1955-1956. Instructor history and political science Wittenberg University, 1956-1958.
Vice president development Central College, Iowa, 1959-1960, president, 1960-1969, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, 1969-2001. Retired, 2001
Member American Association State Colleges and Universities seminar in India, 1971, Federal Commission Organization Government Conduct Foreign Policy, 1972. United States Information Agency inspector, Netherlands, 1976.
Member president's commission National Collegiate Athletic Association, 1984-1987, 89—, chairman president's commission, 1998-2002. Board directors Grand Bank, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Macatawa Bank, since 2002. Consultant Grand Valley State University, Hackley Hospital, Olivet College, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Environmental Research and Education.
Student Community ambassador from Holland (Michigan) to Yugoslavia, 1951. Board directors Grand Rapids Symphony, 1976-1982, 99, Butterworth Hospital, 1988. Chairman division II National Collegiate Athletic Association President's Commission, 1992-1995, 98-99, member president's council, 1997.
Member Michigan Community Service Commission, since 2001. Member executive committee West Michigan Sports Commission, 2007. Director Grand Rapids Community Foundation, since 2009.
Member Michigan Council State Universities President (chairman 1988, since 2000), Grand Rapids World Affairs Council (president 1971-1973), Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Kappa Delta, Pi Kappa Phi.
Married Eunice L. Mayo, June 19, 1953 (divorced). Children– Arend Donselaar, John Irwin Darrow, Mary Elizabeth. Married Nancy Vanderpol, December 21, 1968.
Children– Robert Andrew, Caroline Jayne.