Christopher BohleAssociate Director of Student Life
Chris Bohle started at Hope in 2012 as associate director of student life. His role focuses on supporting students’ academic experiences by integrating classroom and out-of-the-classroom experiences.
Chris also teaches in the leadership minor in the Center for Leadership. His class focuses on leadership development, social identity and social change.
Working with students energizes Chris, and he’s grateful to serve students in any way.
- M.Ed., education leadership and policy studies, Loyola University Chicago, 2011
- B.A., communication, Spring Arbor University, 2008
Chris has formalized training in Strengths-Based Education in StrengthsQuest from Gallup. Chris’s top five strengths in the Gallup StrengthsFinder are Futuristic, Communication, Woo, Input and Strategic. He is also an 8 on the Enneagram. If you don’t know what this means, e-mail Chris; he can chat your ear off about leadership and self-awareness instruments.
Chris has also served as a research associate for the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership and as a freelance contractor with the higher education marketing company EducationDynamics.
Awards and Recognition
Chris was awarded the Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in 2012. This nationwide award is given annually for contributions to fields of administration, teaching, research and publication.
- “Thriving in transition: Summer initiatives supporting first-year retention and success,” National Conference on the First-Year Experience, Orlando, February 2016
- “Creating possibilities through the developmental sequencing of leadership programs,” ACPA International Annual Convention, 2012
- “The integration of curricular and co-curricular offices to advance institutional mission and strategic plans,” Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) Annual Convention, 2011
- “The role of social perspective-taking on college students’ capacities for socially responsible leadership,” ACPA: International Annual Convention, 2011
- “Formalized student leadership programs: An empirical exploration of program effectiveness,” ACSD Annual Convention, 2010
- “Leadership legacies: Influences of formal leadership program,” National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Convention, 2010
- Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership Insight Report: Leadership Program Delivery, National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, 2013
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- “The Role of Social Perspective Taking in Developing Students’ Leadership Capacities,” Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 2014
- “Being Process Oriented,” Exploring Leadership for College Students Who Want to Make a Difference: Facilitation and Activity Guide, Jossey-Bass, 2013
- “Influences of Leadership Program Participation on Students’ Capacities for Socially Responsible Leadership,” Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 2011
- “The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership: An Update on the 2012 Instrument Revision,” NASPA Student Leadership Knowledge Community Newsletter, 2011
- “Review of The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University,” Koinonia, 2010
Why I Love Hope College
Hope inspires Chris to serve better. The college allows Chris to be who he is by integrating Christian formation with student development, allowing him to thrive by helping students thrive.
Chris says there is immense freedom to be excellent in your own way at Hope College, which makes it a pretty great place to work. The students are the main reason behind this reality. Chris noticed this the day he interviewed here, and it has remained true in the years since.
Many times throughout the week, Chris asks himself, “How in the world do I get paid for doing this?”
Outside the College
Chris’s life is a busy but rich one.
With a 4-year-old, a 1-year-old and a wife who is 100 times cooler than he is, Chris is obsessed with his family.
He serves at Maple Avenue Ministries, where he plays piano and leads worship. Chris plays tennis, collects weekly periodicals, amasses a reading list he’ll never finish, loves to ask questions, and will talk politics, sociology and religion with anyone who is willing!
His favorite show of all time is Lost, and he gets quite offended when people say they don’t like it. Chris has also been known to ride his bike too fast downtown Holland and drink too much coffee from Lemonjello’s.
According to Chris, Holland is a perfect place to allow “work” to intersect with “personal.” This community allows for fluidity between the two, and that leads to a life that is deep and meaningful. He is thankful for this place.