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,
Chair, Board of Trustees