Hofstra Trustee Dr. Rusus Smith and Dutch-born Hofstra art professor
Constant Van de Wall created the University seal that was adopted in December
The seals insignia is derived from the official seal of the reigning
house of the Netherlands, the House of Orange, and is used with the permission
of the Crown. The device is of two rampant lions in gold, tongues in red,
on an azure field with gold blocks. Each lion wears a royal crown and
holds a lifted sword in the right claw. In their left claws they carry
a bundle of gold-headed arrows, held together with a ribbon of gold. The
arrows represent the seven provinces of Holland.
Changes to the seal have been few. The azure background was changed to
white and one of the lions was changed to a female.
At the bottom of the seal appear the words Je maintiendray,
meaning I stand steadfast or I shall stand fast,
as they do on the 1,000-year-old coat of arms of the Orange-Nassau family.
The motto and seal are reflections of the Dutch heritage of both Long
Island and William S. Hofstra, for whom the University was named.