Barry Werkman has been promoted to vice president for finance at Hope College.
Previously business manager and controller at the college, Werkman has been a member of the Hope staff since 1967. The promotion recognizes the more senior role he has assumed in finance since Bill Anderson, formerly vice president for business and finance, became leader of Hope's fund-raising division as senior vice president for finance and development in February.
"With the expansion of Bill's responsibilities, Barry is assuming considerably more involvement in the area of finance at the college and he will be a resource person to the Business Committee of the college's Board of Trustees," said Hope College President James E. Bultman. "Barry has served as a member of the Senior Staff since 1972. Barry is a very financially astute person with a vast knowledge of the overall financial condition of the college, and his wisdom and wise counsel are valued and trusted."
Werkman graduated from Hope in 1964 with a major in business administration and minor in economics, and completed a master of science degree in business administration at the University of Wyoming in 1966.
He was an instructor at Ferris State University during 1966-67, before returning to Hope to serve as an instructor in the department of economics and business administration for the next two years. He was appointed assistant business manager in 1969, business manager in 1971, and business manager and controller in 1985.
Werkman is a past chair of the Holland Community Hospital Board of Directors. His board memberships have also included the Hawaii Distribution Corp., Lakeshore HMO, Priority HMO, West Michigan Clinical Laboratory, Holland Home Care, the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, Creative Dining Services Corp. and the Holland Historical Trust. He is also a past president of the West Ottawa Athletic Boosters and a past chair of the West Ottawa School District Facilities Committee.
His wife Judith is a 1965 Hope graduate. Their two children are also Hope alumni.