The search for the 14th president of Hope College


The mission of Hope College is to educate students to lives of leadership and service in our world. To do this in the context of the historic Christian faith. To do it through excellent academic programs and co-curricular activities. The mission of the college is the cornerstone of our search. We seek the person who is called to live this mission with us in the years to come.

The Search Committee represents the perspectives of our community – students, staff, faculty, the administration and the board. With the college’s Virtues of Public Discourse as our guide, as a committee and as a community, we seek to listen, welcome, understand, challenge and speak truth in love.

The college’s mission is our cornerstone, the virtues are our guide, the prayers of the people of Hope are our inspiration, and the Lord’s wisdom is the light (Proverbs 3:5-6) for our search. Thank you for your prayers. It is with a deep sense of excitement that we anticipate bringing the next President of Hope to the College.

Search Committee

The search committee has been charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Conduct an analysis of the college’s future needs and opportunities and formulate a prospectus based on the analysis
  • Generate a strong and diverse pool of qualified candidates
  • Screen the candidate pool, conduct interviews and perform due diligences
  • Keep the board and college community informed at key points throughout the process
  • Provide opportunity for stakeholder input in the process

Based on nominations provided, the full board approved the membership of the Presidential Search Committee, as follows:

  • Suzanne Shier, Board of Trustees – Committee Chair
  • Kristyn Bochniak ’01, Staff
  • Dr. Steve Boerigter, Board of Trustees
  • Clare Da Silva ’19, Student Body
  • Dr. Matt DeJongh, Faculty
  • Dan Gordon, Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Fred Johnson III, Faculty
  • Dr. Gerald Pillay, Board of Trustees
  • Jeff Puckett, Administrative Council
  • Doug Ruch ’81, Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Sonja Trent-Brown, Board of Trustees
  • Rev. Scott VanOostendorp ’75, Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Matt Wixson ’08, Alumni Board
  • Mary Remenschneider, Search Committee Executive Secretary
Search Partner

The College retained AGB Search to assist the Presidential Search Committee and support the search process.  AGB Search is the only firm that specializes in all aspects of executive search exclusively for higher education institutions. Founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) in 2010, they have a unique understanding of the qualifications critical for effective higher education leadership. They have assisted with more than 500 full-time executive and interim searches at 325 institutions. Like their parent organization, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), they support the full range of academic institutions, including independent and public colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, state university systems, associations, and institutionally related foundations. Dr. Loren Anderson, a distinguished higher education leader with significant leadership search experience, will conduct the search with Hope College. He will work directly with the Search Committee, lead meetings, interface with candidates, and guide the College through the steps of the search. 

Position Details from AGB Search consultant 

 

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Presidential Search Updates

  1. October Presidential Search Update

    Posted by Mary Remenschneider

    I am pleased to report that the search for the 14th president of the College is progressing to the s...

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  2. September Presidential Search Update

    Posted by Mary Remenschneider

    It is my privilege to share with you an update on the progress of the search for the 14th President ...

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  3. June Presidential Search Update

    Posted by Mary Remenschneider

    On Monday, June 18th the Presidential Search Committee held its first meeting following the May 10th...

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  4. The Search for the 14th President of Hope College

    Posted by Mary Remenschneider

    Hope College in Holland, Michigan announces a search for the College’s 14th President. Hope Colleg...

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  5. Presidential Search Committee Update: May 4, 2018

    Posted by Mary Remenschneider

    Dear Campus Community: The Presidential Search Committee met Thursday, May 3. The committee approved...

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  6. Update from the Presidential Search Committee: April 2, 2018

    Posted by Mary Remenschneider

    Dear Campus Community, The Presidential Search Committee held its second meeting on Monday, March 26...

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The mission of Hope College is to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith.

Hope College Mission Statement