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Former SAU Board Member Gainey Passes Away

Harvey Gainey Speaks at Gainey Hall Dedication

Former Spring Arbor University (SAU) Board of Trustees Member Harvey Gainey passed away on Sunday, November 28 at the age of 79. Gainey served on the Board of Trustees at SAU from 2003-2015.

Through the financial generosity of Harvey and his wife, Annie, SAU built the residence dorm Gainey Hall in honor of their contribution (’06) and named the Gainey School of Business after him (’07). 

“Harvey Gainey helped transform the lives of students at Spring Arbor University by elevating our academic programs, creating a space for students to foster community, and developing our students into leaders. The SAU community is saddened to hear of his loss, and we ask that you keep Annie and the Gainey family in your prayers,” said Dr. Brent Ellis, President of SAU.

Gainey founded the Christian camp Two Moose Camp in Glen, Montana, a non-profit dedicated to leadership training. Two Moose Camp has generously hosted SAU students for the past 15 years, including students in the honors program and student leaders. Since 2009, athletic teams at SAU have sent players over the summer to receive leadership training.

Harvey was known as a successful businessman, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He founded and operated the Gainey Corporation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and served on the Board of Trustees at Liberty University.

Gainey’s family will be holding a funeral service in his honor on Friday, Dec. 3 at the Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, MI.