President Matthew A. Scogin ’02 assumed office on July 1, 2019, as the 14th president of Hope College.
Scogin entered the presidency with a commitment to focus on three big issues: the future of higher education, the future of learning, and the future of work.
In his September 2019 inaugural address, he laid out his bold vision for fully-funded tuition at Hope, saying: “My objective is to raise enough scholarship and aid money in our endowment so that one day Hope College would not need to charge students tuition at all.”
This inaugural vision has grown into the Hope Forward initiative, which aims to ensure access for every student who comes through our doors. Based on a pay-it-forward approach, Hope Forward tuition model is an entirely new way of funding college — one based on generosity and gratitude.
With the help of his administrative team, faculty, staff and students, Scogin also successfully steered the college through the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020–2021. Just nine months into his presidency, the novel coronavirus pandemic swept the globe, forcing Hope to close its campus and quickly transition to remote learning. Today, Hope is entering the 2021–2022 academic year on solid footing, with the largest incoming class in the past five years.
“Hope is a really special place to Sarah and me. The chance to come back and serve an institution that served us so well as students is just a remarkable privilege.”
Scogin knows first-hand the transformative power of a Hope College education. After graduating from Hope in 2002, Scogin completed a master’s degree in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; held senior positions with both the New York Stock Exchange and the U.S. Treasury Department; and, immediately prior to becoming the college’s president, served as chief administrative officer at the global financial advisory firm of Perella Weinberg Partners in New York City.
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