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 or to our AGB Search consultant, Dr. Loren Anderson, at 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.

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