James Bultman to Receive Award from
Posted October 1, 2001
HOLLAND -- Hope College President James E. Bultman
will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from Western
Michigan University on Friday, Oct. 12.
Bultman completed his master's and doctorate in
education at the university, in 1966 and 1971 respectively.
He has been president of Hope College since 1999, and had
previously served as president of Northwestern College in
Orange City, Iowa, for 14 years.
The award was established by the Western Michigan
University Alumni Association in 1963. Bultman will be one
of three Western alumni receiving one of the awards during a
dinner on Friday, Oct. 12, in conjunction with the
university's homecoming weekend celebration.
Becoming Hope's president marked a second return
to the college for Bultman. A 1963 Hope graduate, he was a
member of the college's faculty, administration and coaching
staff from 1968 to 1985. He joined the education faculty in
1968, chaired the department of education from 1976 to 1982,
and was dean of the social sciences from 1982 until leaving
for Northwestern's presidency in 1985. He was head baseball
coach at Hope from 1971 to 1985, and an assistant football
coach from 1970 to 1984.
Before joining Hope's faculty, he taught and
coached in the public schools in Portage, and was the
assistant principal of Portage Northern High School.
Bultman has been an active leader in higher
education circles. He served as chair of the board of
directors of the Council for Christian Colleges and
Universities; was a member of the Council of Presidents of
the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
(NAIA); and was chair of the Iowa College Foundation, the
Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities,
and the Commission on Campus Concerns for the National
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
His present memberships include the Michigan
Colleges Foundation (MCF), Great Lakes Colleges Association
(GLCA), Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
(MIAA), and the Association of Independent Colleges and
Universities in Michigan (AICUM). He is a member of the
Holland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Holland Rotary
Club, and serves on the Board of Directors at The Bank of
He holds honorary degrees from Keiwa College in
Shibata City, Japan, and from Hope. He received a
Distinguished Alumni Award from Hope in 1995.
Bultman and his wife Martie are active members of
the Reformed Church in America. They have two married
children -- Matthew Bultman and Heather Bultman Bluemel.