A portrait of Dr. Donald Glendenning, Holland College’s founding president, was unveiled in the Florence Simmons Performance Hall recently. The portrait, by artist Henry Purdy, was presented by the Association of Holland College Retirees to Dr. Don Glendenning to recognize the 50th anniversary of his appointment as president.
Mike Chapman, Vice President of the Association of Holland College Retirees, said the association wanted to recognize Dr. Glendenning’s 50 years of service to the college and to the retirees’ association. “When we approached Henry Purdy for suggestions, we were pleasantly surprised when he offered the painting that he had previously completed of Dr. Glendenning.
The unveiling ceremony included reminiscences from Fred Hyndman, a member of the Holland College Planning Committee which interviewed candidates for the position of president, and Henry Purdy, who was one of the first instructors at the college. Current Holland College president Dr. Sandy MacDonald and Dr. Glendenning also spoke.
Henry Purdy said he wanted the painting to reflect Dr. Glendenning’s character. “The significance of the portrait is in the significance of Dr. Glendenning, and the legacy that he has created for the college, our community, and our families. He set an example that changed the way we interacted with each other,” he said.
Holland College will launch its fiftieth anniversary celebrations in September 2019.