Dordt announces new center

The center focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation

Dordt University has established a new center focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. The K and K Dooyema Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will provide students and alumni with best business practices and guidance rooted in a reformed Christian context, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship and innovation in non-profit, for-profit, and family business organizations.

“During their time at Dordt, students are exposed to many ideas about their calling and their particular area of service in God’s kingdom,” says Dr. Erik Hoekstra, president of Dordt University. “While we’ve had a course in entrepreneurship at Dordt for the past 20 years, having a dedicated center and a professor specifically focused on this segment of business will help open up this area of God’s kingdom more widely and clearly to future students.” 

The center will be a resource to multiple academic departments, including agriculture, business, accounting, and economics. It will provide students with opportunities to gain internship experiences and to engage in mentorships. Students will also be able to engage in consulting projects with regional, national, and international businesses as well as with farms and non-profit organizations.

“This center will be accessible to students, alumni, and the broader community,” says Dr. Eric Forseth, provost at Dordt University. “We also hope to work with non-profits and family businesses that are stewarding resources for sustainability and social impact.”

The center has been established through a generous gift by successful entrepreneurs Kim and Kathy Dooyema, who met at Dordt in the 1970’s. Kathy, a cosmetologist, founded her own hair studio. Kim became a CPA in 1977, working in investments and in the medical device industry. He also pursued work in agribusiness, which later included business and school startups in Africa.

As entrepreneurs whose parents taught them the value of hard work, perseverance, generosity, and Christian faith, the Dooyemas are excited about the center.

“We support entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity in business but also to all areas of academic study at Dordt, including the sciences, education, nursing, non-profit sectors, and the church,” says Kim Dooyema. “We see many opportunities to expand the influence of this center and encourage others to support these efforts. We want to encourage current and future generations to give back to God’s kingdom because we are called to be good stewards of the resources that God has entrusted to us.”

Dordt is currently seeking an individual to serve as Director of the K and K Dooyema Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. For more information about the position, please visit dordt.edu/about-dordt/job-openings/info-faculty-applicants.

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt, located in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes.com, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review. To learn more, visit dordt.edu.