Dr. Herbert Dershem

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Herbert Dershem is the director of institutional research at Hope College. He was a professor of computer science at Hope from 1969 to 2013 and served as chair of the department from 1975 to 2003. He also served two terms as interim dean for the Natural and Applied Sciences division and one term as interim director of computer services.


  • Ph.D., computer science, Purdue University, 1969
  • M.S., computer science, Purdue University, 1967
  • B.S., mathematics, University of Dayton, 1965

Professional experience

Herbert has held various positions while on leaves from Hope, including summer research fellow at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, visiting scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, visiting honorary associate professor at University of Tennessee, professor of overseas program at Boston University and distinguished visiting professor at United States Air Force Academy.

Awards and recognition

  • Provost's Award for Service to the Academic Program, 2010
  • Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching, Hope College, 2002

Why I love Hope

Herbert loves Hope because of its great students and the wonderful, supportive community that exists on the campus.

Outside the college

He spends a lot of time with his fantastic wife and six terrific grandchildren. He also enjoys being a Kids Hope mentor and serving as a Pastoral Care Elder at his church. For exercise, he likes to bike and play tennis.

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Dr. Herbert Dershem

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