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: 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:

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

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

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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