Dordt College News

Hoekstra appointed to be first provost at Dordt College

January 30, 2008


President Carl E. Zylstra has announced the appointment of the first ever provost at Dordt College, Dr. Erik Hoekstra, Sioux Center.

The college will be making revisions in its administrative structure in the upcoming months, restructuring and replacing the current office of vice-president of academic affairs with the office of provost beginning in the 2008-2009 academic year.

The provost will oversee the central learning tasks at Dordt College as administrative leader for the academic and student services divisions of the college. The provost will report to and make recommendations to the president, and on request of the president may serve as the chief administrative officer in his absence. Dordt’s new provost will have faculty status and will have occasional teaching responsibilities.

“Dr. Hoekstra brings to this position a firm commitment to the Reformed principles of our college, a scholarly understanding of academic organizations, and the personal characteristics that will enable him to organize, motivate, and encourage faculty and staff to work together in pursuit of our mission,” said President Carl Zylstra in announcing the appointment to the Dordt campus community. “His commitment, insight, and gifts will be key attributes in providing administrative leadership in the position of provost.”

Hoekstra is currently a partner and principal at Harbor Group in Sioux Center, serving as a business acquisition specialist, and as CEO of Harbor Consulting Group. Before his move to Harbor Group, Hoekstra was employed at Dordt College, serving from 1997-2000 as an instructor of business management, business department chair, and director of the business internship program

Hoekstra earned his bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy at Trinity Christian College; his master’s degree in international business at The Rotterdam School of Management-Erasmus University, and his Ph.D. in organizational leadership and human resource development at Iowa State University. He has served as an alumni board member at Trinity Christian College, and is currently a board member at Northwestern College in Orange City.

Dr. Rockne McCarthy has served Dordt College as vice-president of academic affairs and dean of the social sciences division since 1989, and plans to retire at the close of the 2007-08 academic year.

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