janetPictured from left to right during the investiture ceremony are: Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger, associate dean for teaching and learning and professor of religion; President Dr. John C. Knapp; Janet Pinkham, director of the Academic Success Center; Dr. Karen Nordell Pearson, interim provost and associate professor of chemistry; and Jeanne Lindell, assistant director of the Academic Success Center.

Janet Pinkham, who has been director of the Academic Success Center (ASC) at Hope College since 2006, has been appointed to the new endowed directorship established for the center.

Hope held an investiture ceremony in conjunction with the appointment on Monday, Nov. 14, at the college’s Haworth Inn and Conference Center.

The Academic Success Center empowers students to cultivate the skills, strategies and behaviors of confident, independent and life-long learners.  Services provided by the center include individual and small-group tutoring; group help sessions; a mathematics lab; academic coaching; the Peer Partnership Learning program; test scribing and proctoring; academic advising; and assisting students with special needs or diagnosed learning disabilities.  The endowed directorship was established by an anonymous donor in gratitude for the support their son received from the staff of the Academic Success Center during his time as a Hope student.

In addition to Pinkham, the staff of the ASC includes Carrie Dattels, coordinator of disability services; Lisa Eding, administrative assistant; David James, coordinator of academic coaching; Jeanne Lindell, assistant director of the Academic Success Center and head of disability services; and Suzette Staal, coordinator of tutoring services.

Pinkham has been on the center’s staff since 1992, serving as tutoring coordinator until becoming director in 2006.  She is also an adjunct member of the college’s communication faculty and teaches freshman-level First-Year Seminar courses.  From 1989 to 1992 she was the college’s alumni director.

She graduated from Hope in 1984 with majors in German and communication, and completed a master’s degree in organizational communication at the University of Kansas in 1987.  Prior to joining the Hope staff, she had held positions with Manpower of Southeast Michigan and Avfuel Corporation in Ann Arbor.