Dordt College News

Dr. Zylstra elected to NAICU board

February 14, 2007

Dr. Carl. E. Zylstra

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The membership of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities have selected Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College, to the NAICU Board of Directors.

NAICU is the leading national association representing private higher education, serving as the unified voice of nearly 1,000 independent college and university presidents, and specialized, state, and regional association executives. NAICU member institutions enroll nine of every 10 students attending a private college or university in the United States.

Dr. Zylstra was named to the NAICU board of directors on February 6 at the association’s 2007 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Members of NAICU’s board of directors set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of NAICU priorities and initiatives; and oversee the association’s financial administration. Members serve three-year terms.

“Dr. Carl E. Zylstra was selected by his peers because of his expertise in the field, proven leadership, and commitment to America’s college students,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “He assumes his responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education.”

“The federal budget deficit, growing student financial need, increasingly competitive global economy, and today’s culture of accountability are among the dynamics affecting higher education” Warren said.

Dr. Carl E. Zylstra was appointed as the third president of Dordt College in 1996. Dr. Zylstra has served as a pastor and an educator, providing leadership to numerous educational institutions and church agencies. He is the past chair of the Iowa Association of College Presidents as well as the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He has served as Secretary of the Iowa College Foundation on whose board he continues to serve. Currently he is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a member of the Board of Directors of the Barnabas Foundation.

Dr. Zylstra holds a Ph. D. in practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, a master of divinity degree from Calvin Theological Seminary and his undergraduate degree from Calvin College.

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