Trinity Christian Collegein Palos Heights, Ill., has appointed Kurt Dykstra to be its next president.
Dykstra is the mayor of Holland, Mich., and senior vice president of Mercantile Bank of Michigan. He has been an attorney since 1997.
“Kurt Dykstra is a dynamic individual who has been a leader in every organization with which he has been affiliated,” said Terry Van Der Aa, chair of the presidential search committee for Trinity. “He has a love for Christian higher education and will bring a new energy to Trinity Christian College.”
“Kurt is an extraordinary leader,” said Dr. James Bultman, a former president of both Hope College and Northwestern College. “His appointment is a great loss for the city of Holland and Hope College, a tremendous gain for Trinity, and an exciting opportunity for an exceptional family.”
“I am honored and humbled to be selected as Trinity’s eighth president,” said Dykstra. “[My wife] Leah and I are excited to begin the work before us.” Dykstra said he has a passion for Christian higher education. He has been a part-time professor at Hope College for more than a decade, teaching upper-level economics and political science courses. He also serves on the board of his alma mater, Northwestern College.
Dykstra grew up in Oostburg, Wis., and earned his law degree at Marquette University Law School. He and his family are active members of Pillar Church, a congregation affiliated with both the Christian Reformed Church and Reformed Church in America.