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Presidential Search Committee Appointed

The executive committee of Calvin’s Board of Trustees announces the appointment of a presidential search committee, which will lead the effort of selecting the college’s ninth president.

The executive committee of the board of trustees solicited nominations and input from various Calvin constituencies in selecting the 16-member search committee, comprised of representatives from the board of trustees, faculty, staff/administration, alumni, students and the Christian Reformed Church of North America.

The committee members include the following:

Trustees: 4 Elected by the Calvin Board of Trustees

David Vander Ploeg, Chair
Vander Ploeg has served on the Calvin Board of Trustees for the last nine years as an at-large trustee, serving on the Administration and Finance Committee for one year and then as chair of the Trusteeship Committee for the remainder of his tenure on the board. He has served as executive director of the Barnabas Foundation and The Back to God Hour, after 26 years in law, specializing in business and estate planning. He has served as deacon, elder and delegate to Synod and many synodical committees. Vander Ploeg is a member of the Board Executive Committee and chaired a Board Special Committee from 2009-2010. He also served as Calvin’s interim vice president of advancement in 2007.

Ruth Palma
Palma is in the third year of her first term on the Board of Trustees and works for Sun Valley CARE Development, Inc. as an educational program coordinator. She serves as an alumni trustee on the Student Life Committee. She is a native of Costa Rica and is a Calvin grad, who lives in southern California. Palma has served as a teacher, tutor, and mentor and has served her church and its Christian School, Sol del Valle, in many capacities.

Terry Van Der Aa
Van Der Aa is in the second year of his second term as an at-large trustee and serves as the reporter on the Advancement Committee. He owns a number of public transportation businesses and is chairman of Providence Bank in South Holland, Illinois. Van Der Aa is a member of Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, has lectured in various business schools, and has served on many boards, including non-profits.

Michelle Van Dyke
Van Dyke is in the first year of her third term as an at-large trustee. She serves on the Administration and Finance Committee, and is chair of the Reformed Identity and Mission task force. She is the regional president of Fifth-Third Bank for western Michigan and has received many awards in the banking industry. Van Dyke serves on a number of other boards and is an active member of Ada Christian Reformed Church.

Alumni: 1 Recommended by the Calvin Alumni Association

Benita Samuel
Samuel is a 2005 graduate of Calvin’s nursing program. She holds a master’s degree in health administration from Grand Valley State University. She worked for a time in Grand Rapids at Spectrum Health and at the Baxter Wholistic Health Center before moving to Boston, Mass., where her husband attends graduate school. Samuel is a member of Park Street Church.

CRCNA: 1 A member of the CRCNA Board of Trustees and recommended by it

Rev. Scott Greenway
Greenway is a graduate of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary and has been ordained since 1991. He currently serves the Caledonia Christian Reformed Church, and he served previously at the Irving Park Christian Reformed Church in Midland Park, NJ. Greenway’s son currently attends Calvin.

Student: 1 Recommended by the Student Life Division

Kelly Larsen
Larsen is a fifth year senior originally from Decorah, Iowa. She is majoring in international relations, with a minor in congregational and ministry studies. Larsen has spent part of her college career studying overseas. 

Faculty: 3 Recommended by the Calvin faculty

Jennifer Holberg
Holberg is a professor of English, associate director of the Honors Program and the vice-chair of faculty senate. She received a bachelor of arts in English and history from New Mexico State University and her master of arts and Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington.

Won Lee
Lee is a professor of religion and an ordained pastor. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University in Korea, his M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School.

Leonard Van Drunen
Van Drunen is a professor of business and the department chair. He has a Ph.D. in finance from Purdue University and M.Sc. from The London School of Economics and Political Science. He has spent part of his career overseas working for JP Morgan Chase. Van Drunen has a daughter and a son who are Calvin graduates and another son who will be attending Calvin this fall.

Staff/Administrators: 2 Recommended by the Administration

Stan Haan
Haan is the dean for the natural sciences and mathematics at Calvin and is a professor of physics. He received his bachelor of science from Calvin and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Mary Hulst
Hulst is college chaplain at Calvin. Her bachelor’s degree is in classical studies from Calvin College, her Master of Divinity is from Calvin Theological Seminary, and her Ph.D. in communication ethics is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hulst served as pastor at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church for eight years, taught for a year in the communication arts and sciences department at Calvin and at Calvin Theological Seminary, where she maintains a teaching position as an assistant professor of preaching.

At Large: 4 Appointed by the Calvin Board of Trustees

Marjorie (Marge) Hoogeboom
Hoogeboom has had an active career in business. She worked for a number of years for Upjohn Company, which is now known as Pfizer. She and her husband have also owned and operated several companies, most recently a medical technology company. The Hoogebooms have been long-time supporters of the college, even touring with the college orchestra just a few years ago. The Hoogebooms and their children are active in music as instrumentalists.

Milt Kuyers
Kuyers, a retired board member, served on the board for nine years, several of which he served as chair. He is a graduate of Calvin College, was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus, served on the last Presidential Search Committee, was co-chair of the Campaign for Calvin College and established the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning. Kuyers has led Calvin business interim classes, owns a number of businesses in the Milwaukee area and is active in charitable organizations.

Martin Mudde
Mudde, who worked for the Canadian government until his retirement just a few years ago, was a member of the Calvin Board of Trustees for six years, dividing up that time as reporter for the Administration and Finance Committee and as chair for the Enrollment and External Programs Committee, now known as Enrollment Management. Mudde recently served on the Presidential Search Committee for Redeemer University College.

Ken Erffmeyer
Erffmeyer, a 1986 Calvin graduate, is the vice president for advancement at his alma mater. He has an MBA from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to work at Calvin, he specialized in human resources consulting for several companies and worked for Thomson-Reuters. Erffmeyer has a son who just completed his first year at Calvin.

The committee will begin meeting on Monday, June 13, 2011. The committee’s mandate is spelled out in the “Procedure for Appointing a President of Calvin College,” which was adopted by the board of trustees in May, 1994. It reads:

“The presidential search committee shall solicit appropriate candidates to lead Calvin College as its President and chief executive officer. Following extensive consultation with qualified candidates and a thorough investigation into the gifts, educational background, and experience of the most highly qualified persons for this position, the committee shall present the candidate(s) of choice to the trustees at its full Board meeting.”