GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Cornerstone University faculty and staff are remembering former president and chancellor, Dr. W. Wilbert Welch. Dr. Welch passed away in July.
A community memorial service was held Monday morning in Christ Chapel on campus.
Welch started at the school with less than 150 students meeting in a church basement on Wealthy Street in 1959. During his years as president, he grew the small Bible institute into the accredited Christian liberal arts college that now serves nearly 3,000 students on the East Beltline campus. Dr. Welch served as president until 1983.