Jul 1, 2022

Two Profs Retire from Dordt

This year, Professor of Philosophy Dr. Mark Tazelaar and Professor of Economics Dr. Jan van Vliet retired from Dordt.

A picture of Mark Tazlaar sitting in a chair, looking off to his right

Chris De Groot (’21) appreciates van Vliet’s commitment to excellence “both in his scholarship and his character.”

“Dr. van Vliet always challenged me to commit myself to the service of Christ and others by providing quality work in economics that can impact those around me,” says De Groot. “He helped to instill in me a love for economics and scholarship as well as a heart for serving others.”

Philosophy major Rylan Brue is grateful for the ways that Tazelaar mentored him. Short conversations could turn into hours of meaningful discussion—and Brue sees these conversations as immensely influential in his academic development.

“Whenever you talk to Taz, you quickly realize how vast his knowledge is. He reads just about everything,” says Brue. “When talking with him, I liked to sit and absorb as much as I could.”

A picture of Dr. Tazlaar sitting in a chair
A picture of a professor giving a lecture

A picture of campus behind yellow prairie flowers