Max DePree will deliver the final address in the 1999-2000 Presidential Lecture Series at Hope College on Wednesday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in the main theatre of the DeWitt Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.
DePree, who is chairman emeritus of Herman Miller
Inc. and the author of books on leadership, will present
"Does Leadership Have a Future?"
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Herman Miller Inc. is an international company
engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of office
furniture systems and related products, and of products for
the health care industry. It is one of the largest office
furniture manufacturers in the world, with extensive
facilities in the United States and several other countries.
The company has been cited for its excellence in management
and innovation by "Fortune" magazine in its list of most-
DePree began his career with Herman Miller Inc. in
1947. For 40 years, until December of 1987, he worked in
nearly all areas of management, including for 18 months in
Europe directing the international operations. He was chief
executive officer during his last eight years with the
He is the author of four books: "Leadership is an
Art," "Leadership Jazz," "Dear Zoe" and "Leading Without
DePree is a member of the "Fortune" magazine
National Business Hall of Fame. In 1997 he received the
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Business Enterprise
Trust. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees,
including one from Hope in 1987.
He serves on the board of trustees of Fuller
Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., and is also a
member of the advisory board of the Peter F. Drucker
Foundation for Nonprofit Management. He was a member of
Hope's board of trustees from 1983 to 1995, chairing the
board from 1987 to 1995.
His education began at Wheaton College but was
interrupted by military service during World War II--
including one-and-a-half years in the European Theatre of
Operations. Under the Army's direction he studied at the
University of Pittsburgh, Haverford College and the
University of Paris. He attended Hope after completing his
military service, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree
He and his wife Esther live in Holland, and have
four married children and 11 grandchildren.
The 1999-2000 Presidential Lecture Series was
organized as an on-going commemoration of the inaugural year
of President James Bultman. The five-address series has
been designed to consider the future of higher education
with a focus on Hope.