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Hope Tabs Alabama Educator as New President

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Hope College President-Designate Dr. John Knapp greets school officials during a welcome reception at the Haworth Inn in Holland on Mar. 26, 2013
Hope College President-Designate Dr. John Knapp greets school officials during a welcome reception at the Haworth Inn in Holland on Mar. 26, 2013

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - This time, Calvin can’t trump Hope.

Late in 2011, Michael Le Roy came from Whitworth College in Spokane to interview for the presidency of two West Michigan Christian colleges whose leaders were planning to retire. He was the only outside candidate brought to Holland by Hope, but Le Roy decided to take Calvin’s offer. It led to Dr. James Bultman staying as the Flying Dutchmen’s leader a year longer than he had intended to.

On Monday, Hope’s Board of Trustees didn’t have to worry about losing its top candidate to its arch enemy, voting unanimously for Dr. John Knapp to be the school’s 12th President. He comes north from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he helped create the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, and is a known author and speaker on the subject of business and personal ethics.

Dr. Knapp will assume his new duties on July 1st. Dr. Bultman has been Hope’s President since 1999.

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