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Hope College April 2013 : Page 6

Campus News A Hope I t was a full itinerary that looked, one sympathetic student observed, “like freshman orientation.” The time following the announcement that Dr. John C. Knapp of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., had been chosen to become Hope’s 12th president was a whirlwind of receptions, tours, interviews and gatherings of all sorts, every minute filled from before sunrise to well after sunset. Dr. Knapp and his wife Kelly wouldn’t have had it any other way. They were eager to meet as many members as possible of the community that they’ll be joining on July 1, and they finished the experience looking forward to more. “We’ve already received such a warm welcome, and it’s only been a couple days,” said Dr. Knapp, who will be coming to Hope from his current role as the founding director of Samford’s Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. “But we know there are a great many more people to meet in the extended Hope community— not only the students, faculty and staff, but the alumni and all of those who have helped make Hope such a great institution.” Dr. John C. Knapp Named Next President Welcome They likewise earned high marks from those they met. “They seem really warm and personable,” said Anchor co-editor Elena Rivera ’13 of Rochester, N.Y., after one of the student meetings that the Knapps had specifically requested. “It’s apparent that they are really excited to get to know the students, and as a student it’s exciting to see that they’re taking an interest in what we’re about.” “It seems like they’re really devoted to learning about the students and the traditions that make Hope unique, and to being accessible to the students and the alumni,” said Anchor co-editor Madalyn Munch ’13 of Warren, Mich. Dr. Knapp, whose leadership experience includes higher education and business, and whose scholarship includes multiple books and articles on leadership ethics, issues in higher education, and the intersection of faith and work, was unanimously elected by the college’s Board of Trustees on Monday, March 25. Mary VanDis ’80 Bauman, chairperson of the Board of Trustees, noted that he is ideally qualified to build on the strengths already present at Hope, a heritage enhanced most recently under the leadership of President James Bultman ’63, who will be retiring at the end of the school year after serving since 1999. “We are thankful for the outstanding contributions of President Bultman and we believe that Dr. Knapp will build on that incredible legacy,” Bauman said. “Dr. Knapp is the right leader for Hope College at this time in her history. Never before has it been more important to equip our students for lives of leadership and service in a global society.” “Dr. Knapp’s scholarship and experience in helping Christians understand how to bridge their faith to their work and daily lives is a critical element of successfully moving toward the achievement of Hope’s mission,” she said. “Dr. Knapp is well known by, and has an excellent reputation with, leaders in Christian higher education across the globe and we are confident that will only enhance Hope’s efforts to become a destination institution for students and faculty who value an excellent academic program in the context of the historic Christian faith.” President Bultman is similarly enthusiastic about his successor. “Martie and I are so impressed with John and Kelly, and want to thank the search committee for their very good work,” President Dr. John Knapp meets with Anchor co-editors elena rivera and madalyn muncy. Connecting with students while on campus for the announcement of his election as president was one of his top priorities and will remain so in the future. “Dr. John Knapp is well known by, and has an excellent reputation with, leaders in Christian higher education across the globe and we are confident that will only enhance Hope’s efforts to become a destination institution for students and faculty who value an excellent academic program in the context of the historic Christian faith.” – Mary VanDis ’80 Bauman, chairperson of the Board of Trustees 6 News News From From Hope Hope College College

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Dr. John C. Knapp

<br /> It was a full itinerary that looked, one sympathetic student observed, “like freshman orientation.”<br /> <br /> The time following the announcement that Dr. John C. Knapp of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., had been chosen to become Hope’s 12th president was a whirlwind of receptions, tours, interviews and gatherings of all sorts, every minute filled from before sunrise to well after sunset.<br /> <br /> Dr. Knapp and his wife Kelly wouldn’t have had it any other way. They were eager to meet as many members as possible of the community that they’ll be joining on July 1, and they finished the experience looking forward to more.<br /> <br /> “We’ve already received such a warm welcome, and it’s only been a couple days,” said Dr. Knapp, who will be coming to Hope from his current role as the founding director of Samford’s Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. “But we know there are a great many more people to meet in the extended Hope community— not only the students, faculty and staff, but the alumni and all of those who have helped make Hope such a great institution.”<br /> <br /> They likewise earned high marks from those they met.<br /> <br /> “They seem really warm and personable,” said Anchor co-editor Elena Rivera ’13 of Rochester, N.Y., after one of the student meetings that the Knapps had specifically requested. “It’s apparent that they are really excited to get to know the students, and as a student it’s exciting to see that they’re taking an interest in what we’re about.”<br /> <br /> “It seems like they’re really devoted to learning about the students and the traditions that make Hope unique, and to being accessible to the students and the alumni,” said Anchor coeditor Madalyn Munch ’13 of Warren, Mich.<br /> <br /> Dr. Knapp, whose leadership experience includes higher education and business, and whose scholarship includes multiple books and articles on leadership ethics, issues in higher education, and the intersection of faith and work, was unanimously elected by the college’s Board of Trustees on Monday, March 25. Mary VanDis ’80 Bauman, chairperson of the Board of Trustees, noted that he is ideally qualified to build on the strengths already present at Hope, a heritage enhanced most recently under the leadership of President James Bultman ’63, who will be retiring at the end of the school year after serving since 1999.<br /> <br /> “We are thankful for the outstanding contributions of President Bultman and we believe that Dr. Knapp will build on that incredible legacy,” Bauman said. “Dr. Knapp is the right leader for Hope College at this time in her history. Never before has it been more important to equip our students for lives of leadership and service in a global society.”<br /> <br /> “Dr. Knapp’s scholarship and experience in helping Christians understand how to bridge their faith to their work and daily lives is a critical element of successfully moving toward the achievement of Hope’s mission,” she said. “Dr. Knapp is well known by, and has an excellent reputation with, leaders in Christian higher education across the globe and we are confident that will only enhance Hope’s efforts to become a destination institution for students and faculty who value an excellent academic program in the context of the historic Christian faith.”<br /> <br /> President Bultman is similarly enthusiastic about his successor.<br /> <br /> “Martie and I are so impressed with John and Kelly, and want to thank the search committee for their very good work,” President Bultman said. “I have to think that John is God’s own vision to assume the role at Hope College. This is a very exciting time in the history of Hope College, and I hope that the years ahead will be joyful for the Knapps and their family and also Hope College.”<br /> <br /> Dr. Knapp’s enthusiasm for coming to Hope stems from his lifelong interest in integrating a Christian ethical perspective into the education of young people, a focus he’s pursued for the past two decades, most recently at Samford and previously at Georgia State University. He noted that he is excited to have the opportunity to serve as president at a college that offers students the strongest combination of academic excellence and Christian character in the nation.<br /> <br /> “In our complex global society where change seems to be the one constant, an educated person must know how to learn, think critically, take multiple perspectives and apply new knowledge,” he said. “A Christian liberal arts education adds substantial value by helping students grapple with the greatest questions facing them and their world.”<br /> <br /> “Hope College is exceptional in melding the highest standards of academic rigor with a solid foundation in the Christian faith,” Dr. Knapp said. “By doing so in a uniquely inviting and ecumenical culture, Hope delivers an undergraduate experience that is second to none in Christian higher education.”<br /> <br /> He said that he is particularly looking forward to working closely with the college’s faculty and staff and the extended Hope constituency to continue to create an even stronger Hope in the years ahead.<br /> <br /> “Hope College is unusually well positioned to flourish in the next decade, and that is due to the outstanding work of Jim Bultman, the Board and the college faculty and staff,” Dr. Knapp said. “Under President Bultman’s leadership, Hope has developed across-the-board strength, from academic programs to first-rate facilities, financial stability, and enrollment success—all at a time when many independent colleges are struggling.”<br /> <br /> “We have the opportunity to leverage that strength to lift the college to new heights as we begin the next chapter,” he said. “We also have the potential to claim the even greater national reputation that the college has already earned.”<br /> <br /> Dr. Knapp has directed Samford’s Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership since 2008, serving concurrently as the University Professor and Mann Family Professor of Ethics and Leadership. Samford University, like Hope, is a private, co-educational Christian institution. The university’s overall enrollment in the fall of 2012 was 4,758, including 2,965 undergraduates and 1,793 graduate students. Hope’s enrollment this year is 3,343 students.<br /> <br /> Before joining Samford, Dr. Knapp was professor and director of the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, which was established under his leadership in 1993. Earlier, he had a successful career in business, gaining extensive management experience for more than a decade as president of a corporate communication firm.<br /> <br /> Dr. Knapp holds his doctorate in theology and religious studies from the University of Wales in the United Kindom and his master’s in theological studies from Columbia Theological Seminary. A native Atlantan, he graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s in urban life with a concentration in communication.<br /> <br /> Kelly, who was born in Tucson, Ariz., also completed her undergraduate work at Georgia State, where she majored in journalism, and subsequently worked as the editor of internal publications at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta for nine years. More recently, she has devoted herself to home-schooling and working in church and community activities. Their children are Amanda (24) and her husband Brian, residents of Tampa, Fla.; Tracy (22), Charlie (20), Mary (17), all students at Samford; and Ronnie (14), who will be moving to the President’s Home with his parents. Dr. Knapp and Kelly plan to join a Reformed Church congregation when they move to Holland, having been active in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for many years.<br /> <br /> “We look forward to living on campus,” Kelly said. “We are so excited to get to know the students—to talk with them as they walk through campus, to attend their games and performances. Sometimes we’ll have a 14-year-old tagging along with us.”<br /> <br /> “Dr. John Knapp is well known by, and has an excellent reputation with, leaders in Christian higher education across the globe and we are confident that will only enhance Hope’s efforts to become a destination institution for students and faculty who value an excellent academic program in the context of the historic Christian faith.”<br /> <br /> – Mary VanDis ’80 Bauman, chairperson of the Board of Trustees

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