Dordt College News

Vander Zee announces retirement plans

October 17, 2008

Dr. Delmar Vander Zee, Professor of Biology at Dordt College, has announced his planned retirement at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 school year.
Vander Zee has served Dordt College nearly 40 years, beginning in August of 1969, and with an official retirement date of August 31, 2009.

Vander Zee teaches microbiology, cell biology, botany, plant physiology, plant taxonomy, and conservation biology. His research and special interests have included chloroplast development, seed germination, microbial antibiosis, prairie restoration, environmental and bio-ethics. He has also taught and served as administrator at Au Sable Environmental Studies, for which he serves on the Academic Advisory Council and is also its campus representative.

President Carl E. Zylstra said, "Together with the Board of Trustees, I am honored to accept Professor Vander Zee's indication of his intention to retire at the end of this academic year. In his long career, thousands of students have greatly benefitted from Del's passion and excellence in teaching. And in a special way, the sciences at Dordt College have benefitted from his unrelenting commitment to excellence in scholarship. His leadership will be sorely missed and we wish him the best in his retirement."

Dr. Vander Zee earned his Ph.D. in horticulture and plant physiology at Washington State University; an M.S. in botany at Iowa State University; a M.A. in science education at Western Michigan University; and a B.A. in biology at Dordt College.

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