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.

The Search for the 14th President of Hope College

Hope College in Holland, Michigan announces a search for the College’s 14th President. Hope College seeks a president who will embody commitment to the mission, values and traditions of Hope; model Hope’s vision of leadership and service; engage Hope students, employees, alumni and supporters with great enthusiasm; and advance Hope’s commitment to “programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith.”

Hope’s first freshman class enrolled in the fall of 1862, nearly four years before the college received its charter, and Hope’s first seniors graduated on July 17, 1866. In 2016, Hope College celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary, marking 150 years of academic excellence grounded in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith. In 2018, the college stands in an enviable position, having experienced decades of academic, spiritual and financial health. Hope is poised to flourish in the future, enriched by its heritage and sustained by a talented management team, an intellectually engaged student body, an outstanding faculty and staff, a committed Board of Trustees, and with a campus of exceptional facilities and a robust town-gown relationship.

The 14th president of Hope College will be a committed Christian driven by a steadfast dedication to the college’s mission, values and traditions. The individual called to this role will be one who finds joy in the pursuit of learning and the charge of guiding the entire Hope community to realize its full potential. An accomplished professional with a proven record of achievement and service, the president will be fully prepared to engage and lead Hope College in addressing the opportunities and challenges facing the college. This leadership position requires a deep understanding of the liberal arts, along with a capacity to effectively articulate the strengths of a faith-based liberal arts education.

If you know an individual who is ready and qualified for this distinctive and challenging opportunity, please share this information with him or her. If you have any personal interest in exploring this position or learning more about it, we would be delighted to discuss this position with you in strict confidence. You are welcome to send the names of possible candidates to the e-mail below and we will contact prospective candidates directly.

Candidates are asked to submit electronically in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF: (1) a letter of interest that directly addresses Hope’s mission statement and the leadership opportunities outlined in the profile, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. References will not be contacted without first securing the permission of the candidate. Applications or nominations can be sent to: HopePresident@AGBSearch.com. To receive full consideration, materials should be received on or before September 1, 2018.

Please visit AGB Search to view more complete information about this position. Additional information about Hope College is available at: hope.edu.

Ms. Suzanne L. Shier
Chair, Presidential Search Committee Trustee
Hope College Board of Trustees
HopePresident@AGBSearch.com

This search is being assisted by:
Loren J. Anderson, Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
Cell: (253) 223-3566
loren.anderson@agbsearch.com

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.

Presidential Search Committee Update: May 4, 2018

Dear Campus Community:

The Presidential Search Committee met Thursday, May 3. The committee approved the presidential search profile, and reviewed and approved plans for building the candidate pool. As we enter the next stage of the search process, we are encouraged by the college’s inspiring mission, equipped with a compelling profile and uplifted by a supportive and engaged community.

Hope College will officially launch the presidential search on May 10. The next several months will be devoted to building the candidate pool. The evaluation of written applications will begin in late June and continue through the “full consideration” deadline for applications on September 1. Over the course of the Fall, the candidate pool will be narrowed, candidate references will be interviewed, and we then will conduct a series of candidate interviews. The Board of Trustees intends to elect a new president by early December.

Our search will be strengthened by the involvement and support of the Hope College community. As servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God, we are required to be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:1-2). In this servant-steward spirit, we ask that you review the search profile when the search launches on May 10, and forward the names of potential nominators and/or candidates to HopePresident@agbsearch.com or to our AGB Search consultant, Dr. Loren Anderson, at loren.anderson@agbsearch.com or 252-223-3566.

The committee meets again on June 18, after which I will send a report to the campus community. In the interim, I encourage you to visit the presidential search website, share your thoughts with members of the search committee, and spread the word about this tremendous opportunity to lead Hope College into the future. We thank you in advance for your support, prayers and engagement in this important process.

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.

Update from the Presidential Search Committee: April 2, 2018

Dear Campus Community,

The Presidential Search Committee held its second meeting on Monday, March 26, 2018. The Committee began its morning with a curated history of the past presidents of the College presented by Dr. Jacob Nyenhuis, Interim Director of the VanRaalte Institute. The formal meeting opened with a devotional [1 Peter 4:10-11;1 Thessalonians 1:3] and prayer.

The Committee again reviewed the Charge to the Committee, adopted a schedule and timetable for the search, and spent time working on the position profile that will guide the search, including a description of the College and a statement of the leadership opportunities offered by Hope, as well as the leadership attributes and experience qualifications that will describe the successful candidate.

The weeks immediately ahead will be focused on finalizing the search profile and developing a plan for building the candidate pool. The Committee will meet again on May 3 to finalize the profile and will present the profile to the Board of Trustees at its May meeting. We plan to officially launch the search on May 10.

The summer will be devoted to developing the candidate pool. The evaluation of applications by Committee members will begin in late June and will continue through the full consideration application deadline of September 1.

During the months of September and October, the Committee will be focused on contacting references and completing preliminary interviews with a short list of candidates. A second round of finalist interviews will be scheduled in November, and the Board of Trustees hopes to meet and elect our new President in early December.

The Search Committee is well aware our search will be strengthened by the involvement and support the Hope College community. So we are grateful to the many members of the Hope Community who met with our consultant, Dr. Loren Anderson, during the pre-search study in late February, and to all those who completed the Presidential Survey. Looking ahead, when the search goes public on May 10, we hope that you will share the search profile with people who you think would be strong candidates and those in your network who might know others who would be strong candidates. The names of potential candidates should be sent to HopePresident@AGBSearch.com or to our AGB Search consultant: Dr. Loren Anderson, loren.anderson@agbsearch.com, 252-223-3566.

We will report to the campus community again following our next meeting on May 3. We thank you in advance for your support and your engagement in this important process.

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.