James Boelkins Named Provost at Hope College
Posted January 24, 2002
HOLLAND -- A nationwide search for a new chief
academic officer at Hope College has led to a choice close
to home: Dr. James Boelkins has been named provost
effective July 1.
The appointment was made by the college's Board of
Trustees on Thursday, Jan. 24. He succeeds Dr. Jacob
Nyenhuis, who retired as provost on June 30, 2001.
Boelkins is a 1966 Hope graduate who is currently
vice provost of Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus
in Grand Rapids. His career has been spent in higher
education, including more than 16 years in senior positions
in academic administration.
"I'm very excited about this appointment," said
Dr. James E. Bultman, president of Hope College. "Jim
Boelkins brings a wealth of experience at both private and
public institutions. His commitment to the faith is
compatible with Hope's mission, and his leadership and
vision for excellence in the academic program have been
evident everywhere he's been."
"Our search committee believes that he will very
ably fulfill the Trustees' goal for Hope to be a leading
Christian liberal arts institution," Bultman said.
Boelkins noted that he has high regard for Hope
not only as his undergraduate alma mater, but also for the
excellence he has seen demonstrated in the years since his
"Hope College has established itself as one of the
best liberal arts institutions in the nation as demonstrated
by quality programs, extensive scholarship, and outstanding
faculty and students," he said. "I am both honored and
humbled by the opportunity to serve the Hope community and
to help implement Hope's mission and vision."
Boelkins has been with Grand Valley since July of
2000. He was previously with Geneva College in Beaver
Falls, Pa., for 15 years, first as vice president for
academic affairs and then, starting in 1992, as provost.
From 1972 to 1975, and from 1977 to 1985, he was a
member of the faculty of the University of North Dakota
School of Medicine, Grand Forks, where he chaired and
developed a new department of pharmacology. He received a
variety of awards at the university, including recognition
in both 1978 and 1983 as the Outstanding Basic Science
From 1975 to 1977, Boelkins was a member of the
pharmacology faculty at Southern Illinois University School
of Medicine. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at The
Pennsylvania State University during 1971-72.
He was an elected member of several national
scientific organizations and published research during his
tenure in the medical schools.
He majored in biology at Hope. He completed a
master of science degree at the University of North Dakota,
Grand Forks in 1968, and a doctorate in pharmacology at the
University of Missouri at Columbia in 1971.
He and his wife, Barbara, who also attended Hope,
have three children.