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Campus Scene Faculty Profile Family A Perspective “As we send our children back to college this fall, we want to know that there are folks there on campus—the administration, the faculty and staff—who are watching over them, who care for them,” Kelly said. “We want that for our children, just as we know that Hope students’ parents want the same for theirs.” “And that’s what we want to provide,” she said. “That as students pass by our home, they know we care for them and want to hear from them. There’s an open invitation for them to get to know us—to let us know about their Hope experience. Each one is unique and they’re all very important.” The Knapps are looking forward to it. They’ve enjoyed hearing from many members of the Hope family since John’s selection as president was announced in March, and they’ve especially appreciated the e-mails sent by students—from whom they’ve received invitations ranging from dinner to a round of Frisbee golf. They’re eager to meet in person the undergraduates who are Hope’s reason for being. “Several people have asked, ‘How do you feel about living in the middle of campus?’” John said. “I can’t imagine anywhere we would rather be.” “If you don’t love college students, you shouldn’t be in this line of work,” he said. “We love the location of the home adjacent to the Pine Grove. We’re eager to invite students to our patio to enjoy the outdoor fireplace on cool evenings.” Reflecting on their hopes for the best for their own children also deepens their appreciation for the quality and character of the holistic, Christian liberal arts education that is a Hope hallmark. “Parents look to a college like Hope to help students learn how to live well in the world, to mature not only intellectually and socially, but in their faith as well,” John said. “Yes, every parent wants their children to be gainfully employed in s they anticipate the start of the school year in just a handful of days, John and Kelly Knapp need look no farther than the front parlor of the President’s Home for a reminder that college students are a constant part of their life. Hanging on the south wall is one of the first items they unpacked when they moved to campus in July: a painting of their five children: Amanda, Tracy, Charlie, Mary and Ronnie. The eldest, Amanda, completed her undergraduate work in 2011, and Tracy, Charlie and Mary are currently college students themselves, at Samford University, where John served prior to beginning his tenure as Hope’s 12th president on July 1. The Knapps want to help provide the same supportive community and dedication for Hope students that they as parents wish for their own children. The Knapps have appreciated the welcoming, friendly character of the Hope community, from the e-mails they received beginning the day in March that John’s selection as president was announced through their first weeks on campus. Above, student development staff members Wilma Hart and Chris Bohle, center and right, greet Kelly as the family began moving into the President’s Home. a rewarding field of interest, but more important, we want them to grow into mature young adults.” John and Kelly, who are in their 28th year of marriage, are also enthusiastic about serving at the college as a couple, with each committed to being an active part of the campus community. “We are best friends,” John said. “As we prayed about this opportunity and sought to discern God’s will for us, one of the things that attracted us was the ability to share the responsibilities of leading Hope College and to work together. I couldn’t imagine taking on this responsibility without Kelly at my side, because we really are a team.” The Knapps are both alumni of Georgia State University, but John was a senior when Kelly was a freshman and they didn’t meet until after they had graduated. John, who had majored in communication, was working on a local congressional campaign, and Kelly, a journalism major, was a reporter for a local daily newspaper. 8 News News From From Hope Hope College College

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Dr. John Knapp

<br /> “We love the location of the home adjacent to the Pine Grove. We’re eager to invite students to our patio to enjoy the outdoor fireplace on cool evenings.”<br /> <br /> As they anticipate the start of the school year in just a handful of days, John and Kelly Knapp need look no farther than the front parlor of the President’s Home for a reminder that college students are a constant part of their life.<br /> <br /> Hanging on the south wall is one of the first items they unpacked when they moved to campus in July: a painting of their five children: Amanda, Tracy, Charlie, Mary and Ronnie.<br /> <br /> The eldest, Amanda, completed her undergraduate work in 2011, and Tracy, Charlie and Mary are currently college students themselves, at Samford University, where John served prior to beginning his tenure as Hope’s 12th president on July 1. The Knapps want to help provide the same supportive community and dedication for Hope students that they as parents wish for their own children.<br /> <br /> “As we send our children back to college this fall, we want to know that there are folks there on campus—the administration, the faculty and staff—who are watching over them, who care for them,” Kelly said. “We want that for our children, just as we know that Hope students’ parents want the same for theirs.”<br /> <br /> “And that’s what we want to provide,” she said. “That as students pass by our home, they know we care for them and want to hear from them. There’s an open invitation for them to get to know us—to let us know about their Hope experience. Each one is unique and they’re all very important.”<br /> <br /> The Knapps are looking forward to it. They’ve enjoyed hearing from many members of the Hope family since John’s selection as president was announced in March, and they’ve especially appreciated the e-mails sent by students—from whom they’ve received invitations ranging from dinner to a round of Frisbee golf. They’re eager to meet in person the undergraduates who are Hope’s reason for being.<br /> <br /> “Several people have asked, ‘How do you feel about living in the middle of campus?’” John said. “I can’t imagine anywhere we would rather be.”<br /> <br /> “If you don’t love college students, you shouldn’t be in this line of work,” he said. “We love the location of the home adjacent to the Pine Grove. We’re eager to invite students to our patio to enjoy the outdoor fireplace on cool evenings.”<br /> <br /> Reflecting on their hopes for the best for their own children also deepens their appreciation for the quality and character of the holistic, Christian liberal arts education that is a Hope hallmark.<br /> <br /> “Parents look to a college like Hope to help students learn how to live well in the world, to mature not only intellectually and socially, but in their faith as well,” John said. “Yes, every parent wants their children to be gainfully employed in a rewarding field of interest, but more important, we want them to grow into mature young adults.”<br /> <br /> John and Kelly, who are in their 28th year of marriage, are also enthusiastic about serving at the college as a couple, with each committed to being an active part of the campus community.<br /> <br /> “We are best friends,” John said. “As we prayed about this opportunity and sought to discern God’s will for us, one of the things that attracted us was the ability to share the responsibilities of leading Hope College and to work together. I couldn’t imagine taking on this responsibility without Kelly at my side, because we really are a team.”<br /> <br /> The Knapps are both alumni of Georgia State University, but John was a senior when Kelly was a freshman and they didn’t meet until after they had graduated. John, who had majored in communication, was working on a local congressional campaign, and Kelly, a journalism major, was a reporter for a local daily newspaper.<br /> <br /> “And on election night she came to cover the event where we were watching the returns, and we met,” John recalled. “My candidate lost, but I won.”<br /> <br /> As outlined in the April issue of News from Hope College, John’s career has also included establishing and leading a corporate communication firm; serving as a 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; and most recently serving at Samford as founding director of the France Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership and as University Professor and Mann Family Professor of Ethics and Leadership.<br /> <br /> After working as a reporter, Kelly went on to serve as editor of internal publications at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., for eight years. It was an organization that had been an important part of her life for many years, since her father had worked for the CDC while she was growing up.<br /> <br /> She left the work force when the couple’s third child, Charlie, was born, and has since been involved in community and church activities. In recent years she has also home-schooled Mary and Ronnie.<br /> <br /> The close-knit family enjoys spending time together, with all of the four youngest children living with John and Kelly when Tracy, Charlie and Mary aren’t at school, although their busy lives saw them spread across three continents for much of the current summer.<br /> <br /> “We do enjoy each other, and we’ve been very blessed that our children are all very close friends with one another,” John said. “It’s gratifying to see how much they enjoy doing things together.”<br /> <br /> Although the members of the Knapp family appreciate low-key evenings together at home, they also enjoy their sailboat, Harbinger, a 32-foot motorsailer that has found a new home in Lakes Macatawa and Michigan after anchorages in the Atlantic Ocean and lakes in the South. John and Kelly also treasure early-morning walks together, and can be seen around campus and town as they log about three miles each day.<br /> <br /> Tracy, who will be a senior philosophy major at Samford this year, spent several weeks in South Africa leading a team of Samford students in a program that John had started to help those living in poverty by developing a curriculum to give them the skills to establish their own microbusinesses. Charlie, who is majoring in global studies and will be starting his junior year at Samford, was in Spain for five weeks taking classes in his academic minor. Mary is a Classics major who will be a sophomore at Samford this fall. Each will leave Holland soon for the start of Samford’s school year, but will return for breaks. Ronnie, 14, will continue to live in the President’s Home with his parents year-round. <br /> <br /> Amanda, who majored in human anthropology at the University of Georgia and worked at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Ga., now lives in Tampa, Fla., where she and husband Brian are expecting their first child most any day. And, as pleased as John and Kelly are to have become a part of the Hope and Holland communities, and as much as they’re looking forward to the school year, other parents and grandparents—and especially first-time grandparents—will understand why they have been keeping one bag packed.<br /> <br /> Editor’s Note: President Knapp’s inauguration will take place on Friday, Oct. 4, in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend. The inauguration ceremony will be at 2 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel, with a reception following at 5 p.m. at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center. More information about Homecoming Weekend, which will include a “Taste of the South” Homecoming picnic hosted by the Knapps in the Pine Grove, is available online.<br /> hope.edu/pr/nfhc<br /> <br /> The Knapps have appreciated the welcoming, friendly character of the Hope community, from the e-mails they received beginning the day in March that John’s selection as president was announced through their first weeks on campus. Above, student development staff members Wilma Hart and Chris Bohle, center and right, greet Kelly as the family began moving into the President’s Home.

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