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Eric Forseth named Dordt College provost

May 21, 2013

Dordt College has named Dr. Eric Forseth its new provost.

As provost, Forseth will serve as the chief academic officer of the college and will offer guidance, encouragement, and accountability to faculty and academic staff. He will also make faculty and program recommendations to the president; co-lead, with the Senate chair, in setting the agenda for the Academic Senate; and lead the accreditation efforts of the college.

“Eric is a person who will lead by creating the organizational and interpersonal conditions for others, including students, faculty, and all team members, to grow and develop,” said Hoekstra. “It comes from his faith in Jesus Christ. Eric sees himself as a servant leader called by God to help people reach their potential. Eric will also build bridges within the college and among groups and organizations in our supporting communities to advance the mission of Dordt College.”

Forseth fills a position that was temporarily held by three administrators at the college after Hoekstra, the former provost, became president of Dordt College a year ago.

With a teaching background in Christian higher education, proven leadership skills, and a commitment to a Reformed, biblical perspective, Forseth is uniquely equipped for the position.

“Dr. Forseth has demonstrated the ability to walk alongside and lead the faculty, motivating them to develop their teaching and scholarship to the fullest,” said Pam Schmidt, chair of the Provost Search Team and member of the Board of Trustees. “Our committee was also struck by Dr. Forseth’s humility and emphasis on servant leadership.

”Forseth, formerly of Nampa Christian Schools, has more than 25 years of experience in higher education including working as superintendent/CEO, vice president, director, and department chair in various institutions. He held positions at Northwest Nazarene University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He has chaired several committees, including the Nampa Christian School Board of Directors and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Chief Enrollment Officers Commission.

Forseth earned his B.A. from Northwest Nazarene University, his M.S. from University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He did additional postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. He and his wife Kim have two grown children and an infant granddaughter.

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