Alfredo Gonzales Promoted to Associate Provost
Posted August 9, 2001
HOLLAND -- Alfredo Gonzales has been promoted to
associate provost at Hope College.
Previously assistant provost, he is also an
adjunct associate professor of social work at Hope.
"Alfredo has been at Hope for the past 22 years,
beginning with his role as director of Upward Bound and
serving for the past 11 years as assistant provost. Alfredo
brings a wealth of human relations and interpersonal skills
to his assignment, and has earned the respect of both
faculty and staff," said Hope College President James E.
Bultman. "The professional relationships that he has
established on Hope's behalf, both on and off Hope's campus,
have been immensely helpful in the overall development of
Hope's academic program."
Gonzales' responsibilities include general
academic administration, developing strategies for
recruiting multicultural faculty and enhancing multicultural
learning at Hope, and oversight of capital and operating
budgets. He has administrative responsibility for the Joint
Archives of Holland and the college's A.C. Van Raalte
Institute, Office of International Education and Women's
Studies program, and is chair of Hope's annual Critical
Gonzales was active in the creation of Holland's
Sister-City relationship with Santiago de Queretaro in
Mexico, and has similarly been actively involved in
developing Hope's relationship with the Autonomous
University of Queretaro.
In 1998, he received the "Michigan Outstanding
Hispanic of the Year" "Honorable Mention" award from the
Michigan Educational Opportunity Fund Inc. In 1997, through
one of only 24 fellowships awarded worldwide by the Ford
Foundation, he participated in the "International Seminar on
Diversity Issues in Higher Education" in New Delhi, India.
Gonzales joined the Hope staff in 1979 as director
of the college's Upward Bound program, a position that
continued with his appointment as director of minority
student affairs in 1984. In 1986 he was named assistant
dean of multicultural life, working in the Office of Student
Development to strengthen the multicultural life at the
college, assisting the admissions office in recruiting
minority students, and developing contacts with area high
schools and other organizations. He was named assistant
provost in 1990.
Active in the community, he is currently chair of
the City of Holland's International Relations Commission and
a member of the board of the Holland Area Arts Council. He
is past chair of the Holland Community Hospital Board of
Directors, the Michigan Commission for Spanish Speaking
Affairs and LAUP Inc. He has also served on the boards of
Western Theological Seminary and First of America Bank
Gonzales graduated from Grand Valley State
University and earned a master of social work degree from
the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Maria, have
two children, both of whom are students at Hope.