Dordt College News

Dordt College names Presidential Search Committee

June 3, 2011

Dordt College has launched a new website and named a search committee as the college begins a search for its fourth president. Last month, Dordt College President Dr. Carl E. Zylstra announced that he would be retiring from the office of president at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.

Dordt College Board of Trustees Chair Randy Kroll has been appointed to lead the Presidential Search Committee. Kroll, a CPA at Wilkerson Associates in St. Paul, Minnesota, will complete his term as chair of the Board of Trustees in August.

The Presidential Search Committee is made up of board members, faculty, staff, and a student. Board of Trustees members of the committee are Rev. Tim Ouwinga, pastor of Pipestone CRC in Pipestone, Minnesota; Henry Eekhoff, small business owner and specialty craftsman in Manhattan, Montana; Robert Vermeer, chair of the board for Vermeer Manufacturing in Pella, Iowa; Pam Schmidt, attorney at Target Corp. in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Hessel Kielstra, business executive at Vyefield Enterprises Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta; and incoming Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Lloyd Vander Kwaak, CEO of ChildServe in Johnston, Iowa.

Faculty members on the search committee are Dr. Karen DeMol, professor of music; Dr. Leah Zuidema, assistant professor of English; and Dr. Tim Van Soelen, assistant professor of education. Staff members are Campus Pastor Aaron Baart and Human Resources Director Susan Droog, and the committee’s student member is senior Mark Van Weelden of Brookfield, Wisconsin, an engineering major.

The college has launched a website at with information about the search and the committee. Regular updates will be added to the site as the search progresses. A survey requesting input can be found online at (survey closed).

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. U.S. News & World Report,, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,300 students annually.

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