Share your #GratitudeAndHope!

Dear Friends,

November is here — and the Thanksgiving season is upon us. We are so thankful for the way Hope College has transformed our lives, and we are especially thankful for all you do to support Hope!

This month, we invite you to share your gratitude. Tell us about the person, program or experience at Hope College for which you are most thankful.

You can participate in one of two ways (or both):

  • Post your gratitude publicly, along with the hashtag #GratitudeAndHope, on Instagram or Twitter. Remember that if your account is set to “private,” we won’t be able to see the post, even if you use the hashtag.

Your message can be short and sweet — just be sure to describe what made that person, program or experience so special and how they made an impact.

We can’t wait to hear how you have been transformed by Hope! During the month of November, we will share some of our favorite submissions via Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you for all you do to represent Hope College throughout the world.

Spera in Deo,
Matt ’02 and Sarah ’02 Scogin
President and First Lady, Hope College

Inauguration Day details for Faculty and Staff – Friday, September 13

Thank you so much for being a part of the Presidential Inauguration celebration. We know that some aspects of inauguration day can disrupt routines (parking lot closures, anyone?!), which is why we are especially grateful for your patience and your collaborative, celebratory spirit. This is a special day in the history of the college, and, as one faculty member recently said to us, “What a great day it will be!” 

Here are a few final reminders for faculty before Friday’s ceremony and celebration:

  • Parking: We will have hundreds of guests on campus Friday, and we hope to make their parking experience positive. (To better manage parking challenges and traffic flow, we will be offering guests valet parking.) Please extend Hope hospitality to our guests by:
    • Parking in a faculty lot or on the street on the east side of campus — far from Dimnent Memorial Chapel — to enable our guests, especially those with disabilities, to park closer. 
    • Avoiding the Western Theological Seminary parking lot south of the chapel. This lot will be reserved for accessible parking.
    • Avoiding: Lots #10 (south of Schaap Science Center) and #12 (off 10th Street, next to the VanRaalte Institute / across from the Haworth Engineering Center); Lot #20 (Admissions); Lot #22 (off 9th Street, behind the Anderson-Werkman Building); and Lot #42 (south of Kruizenga Art Museum, off Columbia Avenue). These lots will be reserved for guests’ vehicles.
  • Classes: Classes will be dismissed at 2 p.m. on Friday so that all students and faculty may attend the ceremony. If your office is closed, you’re welcome to add this sign to your door. 
  • Employees invited: All Hope employees are invited to attend the ceremony! An office may close if all of the staff members in the office plan to attend the inauguration and post-ceremony celebration. Attached please find a sign you can print out and hang on your door, if desired.
  • Installation Ceremony: The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
    • For faculty and staff not in the processional: All faculty and staff are invited to attend the ceremony, even if they are not participating in the processional. The ceremony is open to the public, and no tickets are needed. There will be a reserved section in Dimnent Memorial Chapel for employees; please plan to arrive early, as the unused space in this section will be released 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. For those faculty who are not able to be present at Dimnent Memorial Chapel, the inauguration ceremony will be streamed online at hope.edu/live and will be broadcast live in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. There also will be a live broadcast for students in the Bultman Student Center Great Room.
    • For faculty in the processional
      • 2:00 p.m.: Faculty (in regalia) gather on 12th Street, between Dimnent Memorial Chapel and Western Theological Seminary. In case of inclement weather, line-up will take place in Dimnent B11.
      • 2:20 p.m: Prepare to process.
      • 2:30 p.m.: Processional begins promptly at 2:30 p.m. Faculty will follow the international flag-bearers and will be seated in reserved pews at the front of the chapel. 
      • Recessional: Faculty recess following the ceremony. Faculty marshals will dismiss faculty, starting with the front rows on both sides of the aisle, once the platform party has recessed. 
  • Post-Ceremony Reception: Following the installation ceremony, there will be a public reception with President Scogin and his family. All are invited to join the celebration, taking place at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Social media: If you are a social media user, feel free to celebrate online by posting inauguration-related messages, using the hashtag #transformedbyhope.
  • Events through Saturday: There are many other events this week, including a Celebration of the Arts on Thursday night and Community Day all-day Saturday, featuring a picnic, football and soccer games, and fireworks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at inauguration@hope.edu.

As always, thank you for everything you do for Hope College — and thank you for your cooperation. What a great day it will be!

Spera in Deo —

Mary Remenschneider, Office of the President
Jennifer Fellinger, Public Affairs and Marketing
Co-chairs, Presidential Inauguration Committee

Be a part of the Presidential Inauguration celebration!


We hope you have marked your calendar for the Presidential Inauguration, which will take place Friday, September 13, 2:30 pm., in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. A lot of planning goes into an inauguration celebration, and we are grateful to those of you who have been involved in the preparations over the last few months — thank you!

In advance of the inauguration, please: 

  • Register for the faculty processional: Full-time faculty are invited to participate in the processional in full academic regalia. If you plan to participate in the processional, you must register online by Friday, September 6. 
  • Remember that classes after 2 p.m. are cancelled: Classes will be dismissed at 2 p.m. on September 13 so that all students and faculty may attend the ceremony.
  • Plan to attend (or watch!): While classes are cancelled on the afternoon of inauguration, the college will not close. However, Hope employees are invited to attend the ceremony, and an office may close if all of the staff members in the office plan to attend the inauguration and post-ceremony celebration. 
    • The ceremony is open to the public, and no tickets are needed. There will be a reserved section in Dimnent Memorial Chapel for employees not participating in the processional; please plan to arrive early, as the unused space in this section will be released 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
    • For those employees who are not able to be present at Dimnent Memorial Chapel, the inauguration ceremony will be streamed online at hope.edu/live and will be broadcast live in the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts Auditorium. There also will be a live broadcast for students in the Bultman Student Center Great Room.
  • Celebrate with us!: Following the ceremony, we are hosting a Celebration with President Scogin and his family. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to be part of the fun. The event will take place at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center.

There are many other events taking place during Inauguration Week, including: a concert by Young Oceans on Sept. 11; a Celebration of the Arts on Sept. 12, featuring all four of Hope’s arts departments; and Community Day on Sept. 14, complete with a picnic, football and soccer games, and… fireworks! Please check out the schedule and be a part of this very special weeklong celebration honoring Hope’s 14th president, Matthew A. Scogin!

Thank you for all you have done to welcome President Scogin and his family to Hope College. We look forward to seeing at the inauguration events!

Inauguration of President Matthew A. Scogin

You are invited to attend the inauguration of
Matthew A. Scogin
Fourteenth President of Hope College

Friday, September 13, 2019

Installation Ceremony, 2:30 pm
Dimnent Memorial Chapel

Celebration, 4:00 pm
Haworth Inn and Conference Center

No tickets are required. For the ceremony, a reserved seating area for staff will be available until 2:15 pm, after which any remaining seats will be open to all guests.

The ceremony will be streamed online at hope.edu/live. Other viewing opportunities will be available at other campus locations.

For additional information and a full schedule of all inauguration events, please visit hope.edu/inauguration.

Christian Aspirations Guide Board Action

On Friday, May 3, 2019, after the Board of Trustees wrapped up its two-day spring meeting, President Dennis N. Voskuil sent an email to Hope College employees providing an update on the board meeting. In his email, President Voskuil included the following:

You may recall that, one year ago, at its May 2018 meeting, the Board of Trustees affirmed a statement of Hope’s Christian Aspirations, which articulated the college’s aim to be faithful, to be welcoming and to be transformational. In August, at the State of the College Address, I invited the campus community to join me in celebrating Hope’s Christian identity and exploring our three aspirations. I encouraged the Hope community not to flinch from the challenge of living into the new statement. And, over the past year, the Board of Trustees has indeed embraced this challenge. At this week’s meeting, the board had candid, thoughtful discussions about how the college can update policies and practices to better support its work to be faithful, welcoming and transformational. Specifically, the board focused on two aspirations:

  • Hope aspires to be faithful. The board voted to remove ambiguity in our faculty hiring policy, so that the language of the policy aligns with current practice. The board’s hiring directive* has been “to strive diligently” to hire Christian faculty, when, in fact, the practice has been not just striving to do so but actually doing so. We explicitly match the two with this board action, which states that the college will hire full-time faculty who are “dedicated to excellence in teaching and scholarship, and who have a mature understanding of and commitment to the Christian faith.” In the spirit of vibrant ecumenism, we will define “Christian” broadly and diversely, recognizing that “the variety of expressions of the Christian faith we hold in common contributes to the vitality of Hope College.” Indeed, Hope will be a place where we “work together with one mind and purpose” (Phil 2:2), even as we have a myriad of perspectives.
  • Hope aspires to be welcoming. The board voted to replace the Position Statement on Human Sexuality with the statement of Hope’s Christian Aspirations. With this board action, Hope’s guiding statement on faith will be one that articulates the promise, richness and complexity of our Christian identity, rather than a statement that articulates a position on a single issue. As a college community that seeks to be robustly ecumenical, we acknowledge that faithful and professing Christians across the globe — and on our campus — hold differing views on human sexuality and the definition of marriage. With that in mind, we believe we can both cherish our historic affiliation with the RCA and honor the diversity of perspectives within the global Church. Our institutional focus will be on our shared faith in Jesus Christ, and we will affirm Hope’s commitment to be welcoming to every person. In doing so, we will endeavor in earnest to be “a community where all come together to offer their gifts of understanding to one another.”


* The hiring directive dates back to January 1984, when the Board of Trustees “directed the President, administration, and faculty to strive diligently, whenever persons are recruited to the faculty for tenure-track positions, to identify and recruit persons of outstanding ability and character who are dedicated to excellence in teaching and scholarship, and who have a mature understanding of and commitment to the Christian faith.”

Hope College Announces 14th President

Dear Members of the Hope Community,

Earlier today, the Board of Trustees completed its special meeting to vote on the 14th president of Hope College. I am delighted to announce that Hope’s next president will be Mr. Matthew A. Scogin ’02, effective July 1, 2019.

As a strategic thinker who has worked on the most important economic and social issues facing our nation, Matt will bring intellectual depth and visionary leadership to Hope College. Matt personifies the mission of Hope, as he has led a life of leadership and service at the highest levels of business and government. He is also a passionate follower of Christ, brings a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity, and articulates the college’s mission with contagious and inspiring enthusiasm. This makes him the perfect leader for Hope’s next chapter.

Matt is driven by a love for Hope that certainly resonates with our alumni, families and supporters. Last month, during the on-campus interview process, Matt described Hope as the place that transformed his life. He recalled Hope faculty who invested in him and mentored him so that he might flourish in his career and in his faith. And, he reflected on the long-lasting impact of his Hope education. As an alumnus who lives and breathes Hope College, Matt understands the unique strengths that distinguish our campus community.

This announcement marks an important milestone for the college, and we would not have arrived here without the hard work and ongoing support of many people. First, I want to thank you — alumni, parents, families and friends — for your prayers and encouragement throughout the entire presidential search. I am grateful, too, for the members of the Presidential Search Committee, who dedicated an entire year to this search, spending countless hours reviewing candidate applications, checking references, conducting interviews and making difficult decisions. Special thanks go to Mrs. Suzanne Shier, who chaired the committee.

In the months leading up to July, President Dennis Voskuil and I will be working closely with Matt to prepare for a smooth and successful leadership transition.

Please continue keeping all of Hope’s leaders, especially our current president and our new president-elect, in your prayers. And, together, let us look toward the future of Hope College with deep faith, great optimism and heartfelt appreciation for those who, over the years, have contributed to our strong foundation.

Spera in Deo,
Karl

Karl Droppers
Chair, Board of Trustees
Hope College

November Presidential Search Update

I am delighted to provide you with an update on the search for the 14th President of Hope College.

On Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, the Presidential Search Committee interviewed eight semi-finalists. Again, we were impressed by the exceptional caliber of the candidates. Hope College is indeed blessed to attract the interest of so many wonderful leaders.

After much discussion and discernment, the Committee selected three finalists to bring to campus. These three finalists will visit Hope College on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16. There will be opportunities for students, faculty, staff, administration and trustees to interact with the candidates. We will share more details on the time and location for each session in the next few days.

Next week, I will send you an email that includes the names of the finalists, their biographies and their curriculum vitae (CV), as well as links to feedback forms for each candidate.

At this time we are mindful of the power of mission, prayer and community.

  • We are grounded in our mission — to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and Co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberals arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith.
  • We are guided by prayer — O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you. Psalm 84:12.
  • We live in community — united in our care and support for one another.

Please join us as a community dedicated to our mission and vigilant in prayer as we welcome the finalists to campus!

Spera in Deo,
Suzanne Shier
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

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.

October Presidential Search Update

I am pleased to report that the search for the 14th president of the College is progressing to the semi-finalist interview phase. The dedication of the Search Committee continues to inspire me and the caliber of the candidates is remarkable. We greatly appreciate each person who has invested themselves in the search process, the candidates in particular. Many fine Christ-centered leaders have engaged with us.

Prior to its selection of the semi-finalist candidates, the Committee conducted phone interviews with references for a cohort of candidates. The references provided the Committee with insight regarding the candidates which informed its selection of the semi-finalists. This winnowing process was challenging for one reason — the great depth and strength of the candidate pool.

The semi-finalists have been invited to meet with the Committee for in-depth in-person interviews off campus on November 2nd and 3rd. Following these interviews, one or more candidates will be invited to visit campus, most likely mid to late November. The Committee expects to make its recommendation to the Board of Trustees prior to the special Board meeting currently scheduled for December 7th.

We are mindful that in ultimately inviting one individual to serve as president, there will be disappointment among the candidates who do not advance. We feel the disappointment that is rooted in a strong desire to serve the College. We encourage all members of the Hope community to continue to pray for the next president and for the future of the College.

The mission of the College is clear. The work of the Search Committee is advancing. And God reigns.

Spera in Deo,
Suzanne Shier and the Search Committee

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.

September Presidential Search Update

It is my privilege to share with you an update on the progress of the search for the 14th President of Hope College. We are very pleased with the energy and engagement of the search. Thank you to those of you who made recommendations. We have a robust pool of highly qualified candidates whose leadership experience and priorities are well-aligned with the search profile for the President.

The Search Committee met on Monday, September 10 to identify a short list of candidates who the Committee considers particularly well-suited for the position of President. We are in the process of interviewing references for these candidates. The Committee will meet again October 1 to select a group of semi-finalists for interview November 2 or 3. These interviews will be conducted by the Committee at an off-campus location.

We will provide the next update following the October meeting. We ask that you continue to pray faithfully for the Committee and the search process.

Spera In Deo,
Suzanne Shier
Search Committee Chairperson

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.

June Presidential Search Update

On Monday, June 18th the Presidential Search Committee held its first meeting following the May 10th launch of the search for the 14th President of the College. We are writing to update you on the progress of the search process.

History is a wonderful teacher. We opened our meeting with a few thoughts from the letters Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote to Philip Phelps Jr. from 1857 to 1875. These letters are collected in the book, Envisioning Hope College. We were reminded that the devotion of these men to the cause of Christian higher education and their diligent work laid the foundation for the College. We too are devoted to this cause and are committed to being diligent in the work of the search, grounded in prayer.

Scott Van Oostendorp led us in devotion and prayer focusing on the prayers of Revelation 7 – praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power and strength – and the Lord’s prayer – thy will be done. God’s leading is steadfast and sure.

Loren Anderson provided a progress report on our candidate pool, which is the result of the nominations of members of the Hope community, focused advertising and targeted outreach. There is strong interest in the position and we have a robust pool of early candidates. The Committee reviewed and adopted a rating rubric we will use in assessing applications, ensuring all candidates are evaluated by a clear and common set of criteria based on the search profile. In addition, Dr. Sonja Trent Brown facilitated an implicit bias training session for the Committee.

Throughout the summer members of the Committee will review applicant files. At its September 10  meeting the Committee will narrow the active pool of candidates to a smaller group whose references will then be checked and in person interviews will follow.

We will continue to receive applications over the summer and, as we have done previously, we encourage you to consider persons who might provide strong and effective leadership as President of Hope. A number of you have submitted nominations and we encourage others to be similarly involved. As names come to mind, please forward them to us so that we might be in contact with additional potential candidates. You will find the search profile and the qualities we seek in our next President at: https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/president-hope-college. We are pleased with the quality of candidates who have indicated their interest in our search thus far and are confident we will be successful when the process is complete.

The Committee will continue to update the Hope community throughout the search, and we welcome your comments and questions at any time. You may write to us in care of HopePresident@agbsearch.com or to our AGB Search consultant: Dr. Loren Anderson, loren.anderson@agbsearch.com, (252) 223-3566. He will treat any information you provide as confidential.

Thank you for your continuing prayers and support.

Spera in Deo,
Suzanne L. 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.