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Dordt College president to give commencement address

April 21, 2012

Commencement ceremonies for the Dordt College 2011-12 academic year will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 4, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Dordt College President Dr. Carl E. Zylstra will give this year’s commencement address titled “To The Hilt.” Overflow rooms will be available on campus for those without tickets, and the event will also be streaming online

Retiring from the office of president at the conclusion of the academic year, Zylstra has been president of Dordt College since 1996, during which time the college has seen significant expansion in it facilities, endowment, and academic programs.

Zylstra earned his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church and has held many leadership roles on its boards and committees. He has been actively engaged in higher education, holding the position of chair of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Iowa Campus Compact, the Iowa Association of College Presidents, the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Tax Advisory Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He also has served as secretary of the Iowa College Foundation and as a member of the board of directors of the National Association Independent Colleges and Universities, Iowans for a Better Future, and the Barnabas Foundation.

Zylstra currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and recently chaired its Presidential Search Committee. He is also a member of the Student Aid Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Zylstra and his wife, Gloria, have three married sons and nine grandchildren.
 

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