Invitation to Presidential Search Campus Forums & Survey

On February 26 and 27, the Presidential Search Committee will host two campus forums to listen to the Hope community and learn what faculty, staff, students, administrators and trustees are looking for in the next president of Hope College.  Through these opportunities the committee will gather valuable input that will be used to draft a position description and leadership profile that will guide the committee and the search firm in conducting the national search.

Campus Forums
Monday, February 26
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall

Tuesday, February 27
8:30 – 9:30 AM
Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall

Dr. Loren Anderson, AGB Search consultant, will be facilitating the campus forums.  He will also conduct several focus groups and interviews during the two days he is at Hope.

The committee is also seeking feedback from the broader Hope community through an online survey.  This survey is available to all faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the college as well.

Complete the Survey

We encourage your participation in these opportunities to share your hopes and aspirations for our college. It is important for the committee to hear from you, members of the Hope community, as we begin the search for our next president.

Sincerely,
Suzanne Shier
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Trustee, Hope College Board of Trustees
hope.edu/offices/president/presidential-search/

Update from the Presidential Search Committee

Dear Hope College Community,

The Presidential Search Committee held its launch meeting last week to commence the search for the next President to lead Hope College. We are very grateful for the men and women who have committed to serve on the Committee. The Committee members represent the many stakeholders in the Hope community.

The Committee members shared their aspirations for the search. I highlighted the centrality of the Mission to the search process, the guiding principles of our Virtues of Public Discourse, our reliance on the prayers of the people of Hope, and the guidance of the Lord in the process. We brainstormed attributes of the President together. It was a good morning.

The next step in the search process is to prepare the “search profile”. The profile is the document that will be used to announce the search and as a guide in evaluating candidates for the presidency. To inform the profile, Dr. Loren Anderson, AGB Search consultant, will be on campus February 26-27 to facilitate a series of individual interviews, focus groups, and campus forums to gather input and information from trustees, staff, faculty, administrators and students. The schedule will be posted on the Presidential Search website and invitations will be sent shortly. You will also be invited to share your thoughts through an online survey that will be available to you and other college constituents in mid-February.

Please make every effort to participate as you are able. The input of the Hope College Community in developing the search profile is so important. We also invite you to visit the Presidential Search website which will be updated regularly throughout the search process. This website will include information on how to make a nomination when the search is launched in May.

The Search Committee will meet again on Monday, March 26, after which you can expect to receive another update. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or comments at presidentialsearch@hope.edu. We look forward to your participation in the campus gatherings and survey later this month.

Blessings to each of you in your work and study.

Suzanne Shier,
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Trustee, Hope College Board of Trustees

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.

From Suzanne Shier: Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Dear Hope College Community,

Welcome to our search journey. As Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, it is my privilege to partner with the Hope College Community as we seek the next President of the College – the President who will lead the College to its future.

The mission of the 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. This website is a resource for all of us to be engaged and stay informed as the search progresses.

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.

Suzanne Shier
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Trustee, Hope College Board of Trustees

From Board Chair: Update on Presidential Search Committee

December 6, 2017

Dear Hope College Staff and Faculty:

Today, the Hope College Board of Trustees held a special meeting to approve the selection of a Presidential Search Committee.

Following the full board meeting in October, nominations were sought for committee members to represent the Board of Trustees, Administrative Council, Alumni Board, faculty, staff and student body. These nominations were submitted confidentially to Mary Remenschneider, who provided the lists to the Executive Committee of the board. On Dec. 1, the Executive Committee met and, through prayerful discussion and discernment, approved a slate of committee members to be representative of the many voices that comprise Hope College — diverse in thought, demographics and geography, and united in commitment to the Hope mission. Today, the full board approved the membership of the Presidential Search Committee, as follows:

Suzanne ShierBoard of Trustees – Committee Chair
Kristyn Bochniak ’01Staff 
Dr. Steve BoerigterBoard of Trustees
Clare Da Silva ’19Student Body
Dr. Matt DeJonghFaculty
Dan GordonBoard of Trustees
Dr. Fred Johnson IIIFaculty 
Dr. Gerald PillayBoard of Trustees
Jeff PuckettAdministrative Council
Doug Ruch ’81Board of Trustees
Dr. Sonja Trent-BrownBoard of Trustees
Rev. Scott VanOostendorp ’75Board of Trustees
Dr. Matt Wixson ’08Alumni Board

As a reminder, the charge of this committee is to:

  • 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, organize campus visits and perform due diligence to screen candidates;
  • Keep the board informed of committee progress at critical points throughout the process;
  • Keep the college community informed at key points throughout the process;
  • Provide opportunity for stakeholder feedback prior to making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees; and
  • Make a recommendation of a single candidate to the Board of Trustees, ideally by or before the January 2019 meeting.

Later this month, we will be announcing the membership of the Presidential Transition Committee as well as the search firm that will be assisting Hope with the presidential search process.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your continued prayers and support. The trustees are grateful for your commitment to Hope College, our mission and our students. As 2017 draws to a close, we are excited about the year ahead.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas season —

Sincerely,
Karl

Presidential Search and Transition Process

October 20, 2017

Dear Hope College Staff and Faculty,

Last week, the Board of Trustees held its annual fall meeting. One of the main discussion points at the meeting was the search for a new president.

The board is committed to recruiting a highly qualified individual to lead the college and ensuring a successful transition of leadership. To that end, the trustees approved a comprehensive presidential search and transition process, and also affirmed the use of a search firm to work closely with the search committee. A transition committee and the search committee will be formed this fall. The search firm will also be selected this fall.

Presidential Transition Committee

The Presidential Transition Committee will provide consistent leadership of the process, from the search through the first year of the new president’s term. It will be made up of trustees and Administrative Council representatives with the charge to:

  • Oversee the successful implementation of the search, transition and onboarding process;
  • Ensure there are opportunities to recognize our outgoing president Dennis Voskuil and welcome the new president;
  • Identify and address issues and opportunities that may impact the transition process;
  • Build relationships between various stakeholders and stakeholder groups; and
  • Maintain communication with various stakeholder groups at appropriate points throughout the process.

 

Presidential Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee will be representative of the Hope community and committed to the full extent of its charge. It will be composed of trustee, faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives. The search committee will be responsible to:

  • 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 candidates;
  • Screen the candidate pool, conduct interviews, organize campus visits, and perform due diligence to screen candidates;
  • Keep the board informed of committee progress at critical points throughout the process;
  • Keep the college community informed at key points; and
  • Provide opportunity for stakeholder feedback prior to making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, ideally by or before the January 2019 meeting.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees will select committee representatives from a slate of nominees from each stakeholder group, then send the committee slate to the Board of Trustees for approval in December 2017. Mary Remenschneider, chief of staff, is supporting the search committee, and she will work with each stakeholder group to prepare the slates for the Executive Committee.

During the search process, there will be opportunities for all stakeholders to provide input. So, whether or not you serve on the Presidential Search Committee, your feedback will inform the search for and selection of Hope’s next president.

President Voskuil and Mary Remenschneider will share more information about the search and transition process at the upcoming faculty meeting and staff town hall meeting.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your dedication and service to Hope College. We are grateful for your prayers and support as we begin this important next step for Hope.

Spera in Deo,

Karl Droppers
Chair, Hope College Board of Trustees

A Message from Board Chair Karl Droppers

October 5, 2017

Dear Hope College Staff and Faculty:

As the fall Board of Trustees meeting approaches, I imagine there may be anticipation and curiosity in the Hope community regarding the presidential search process. Indeed, this will be a topic of significant conversation for trustees next week — one that we will enter into prayerfully and diligently.

You can expect to receive a communication from me following next week’s board meeting. Before then, however, I would like you to know the following:

  • The board will not be approving specific individuals to serve on the search committee at this meeting. That will occur at a later date.
  • The board is committed to a process that will both strengthen the Hope community and yield a highly qualified individual to lead the institution.
  • There are many ways to conduct this presidential search. The board’s goal is to follow a process that honors the campus community and positions the incoming president for success.

I have been on campus several times this fall, and each time I have experienced your extraordinary depth of care for Hope and our students. Hope College is a place of inspiration and aspiration, as evidenced by the caliber of your scholarly work and creative performance, your commitment to time-honored traditions and openness to new ones, and your focus on the success and well-being of each person.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for sharing your talents with Hope College, and for educating and preparing our students to be ambassadors of hope in the world.

Spera in Deo,

Karl Droppers
Board of Trustees Chair

Be A Part of the Campus Master Planning Process!

Next week, the college is hosting three open forums for faculty, staff and students to share ideas and aspirations for how Hope’s facilities and infrastructure can best support our living and learning community, teaching, scholarship, creative projects and performance, and programs that serve our students, employees, and other Hope constituents. These forums are part of a campus master planning process that is being conducted throughout the 2016-17 academic year and are the first opportunities everyone has to get an up close look at the work that is underway, ask questions of the master planning consultants, and share insights and ideas that will inform and shape the long range plan for the development of our campus.

Are there things about Hope’s campus that you absolutely love? Are there things you would love to see changed? Have you thought of things that would make Hope’s campus better meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, or the Holland community? If you said yes to any of the above, then these forums are for you!

The forums are being held at three different times to encourage as much participation as possible. You are invited to any of the sessions and welcome to attend more than one if you would like. Please feel free to come and go as your schedule allows if you can’t stay for the entire time. The forums will be held on:

Wednesday, October 12
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m – Maas Auditorium

Thursday, October 13
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Maas Auditorium
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Maas Auditorium

The consultants have spent time with small groups of students, employees, and representatives from the Holland community during their previous visits to campus. The information you share during these forums will be used with the feedback from these small group meetings to inform the long-range master plan for Hope’s campus.

We hope you have a wonderful, restful fall break, and we hope to see you at a forum next week!

Sincerely,
CMP Committee Cho-Chairs
Kara Slater, Director of the Physical Plant, and Mary Remenschneider