Update from the Presidential Search Committee

Dear Hope College Community,

The Presidential Search Committee held its launch meeting last week to commence the search for the next President to lead Hope College. We are very grateful for the men and women who have committed to serve on the Committee. The Committee members represent the many stakeholders in the Hope community.

The Committee members shared their aspirations for the search. I highlighted the centrality of the Mission to the search process, the guiding principles of our Virtues of Public Discourse, our reliance on the prayers of the people of Hope, and the guidance of the Lord in the process. We brainstormed attributes of the President together. It was a good morning.

The next step in the search process is to prepare the “search profile”. The profile is the document that will be used to announce the search and as a guide in evaluating candidates for the presidency. To inform the profile, Dr. Loren Anderson, AGB Search consultant, will be on campus February 26-27 to facilitate a series of individual interviews, focus groups, and campus forums to gather input and information from trustees, staff, faculty, administrators and students. The schedule will be posted on the Presidential Search website and invitations will be sent shortly. You will also be invited to share your thoughts through an online survey that will be available to you and other college constituents in mid-February.

Please make every effort to participate as you are able. The input of the Hope College Community in developing the search profile is so important. We also invite you to visit the Presidential Search website which will be updated regularly throughout the search process. This website will include information on how to make a nomination when the search is launched in May.

The Search Committee will meet again on Monday, March 26, after which you can expect to receive another update. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or comments at presidentialsearch@hope.edu. We look forward to your participation in the campus gatherings and survey later this month.

Blessings to each of you in your work and study.

Suzanne 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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