posted April 11, 2005

New Trustees Appointed

There have been several appointments and reappointments to the Hope College Board of Trustees.

Newly chosen to serve on the board for four years are the Rev. Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger of Holland; James Hanson II of Bernardsville, N.J.; Dr. Ronald Hartgerink of South Haven; the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Holloway of New York City; Dr. David Lowry of East Grand Rapids; and Dr. Paul Musherure of Cottage Grove, Minn.

Those re-elected to four-year terms on the board are: the Rev. Dr. Timothy Brown of Holland; the Rev. Peter Semeyn of Traverse City; David Van Andel of Grand Rapids; Arnold Van Zanten of The Woodlands, Texas; Rev. Brian Vriesman of Twin Falls, Idaho; Emilie Wierda of Holland; and Dr. George Zuidema of Holland.

Named honorary trustees were J. Kermit Campbell of Traverse City; Max De Pree of Holland; and the Rev. Frederick Kruithof of Kalamazoo.

Members retiring from the Board are the Rev. Dr. Barry Bandstra of Holland; Janet Lawrence of Schenectady, N.Y.; and Philip D. Miller of Holland.

The leadership of the board remains the same: Joel Bouwens of Holland as chairperson; Semeyn as vice-chairperson; and Lynne Hendricks of Holland as secretary.

Steven Bouma-Prediger has been a member of the Hope religion faculty since 1994, and became the first holder of the John H. and Jeanne M. Jacobson Endowed Professorship in 2003. He delivered the college's Commencement address in 1998, was elected the recipient of the college's "Hope Outstanding Professor Educator" (H.O.P.E.) Award in 1999, and was chosen by the students to receive the "Faculty Teaching Award" in 2001.

Bouma-Prediger's scholarship focuses on ecology and theology. He is the author of multiple books and numerous published scholarly articles and essays.

Prior to coming to Hope, he was an assistant professor of philosophy and chair of the department at North Park College in Chicago, Ill. A 1979 Hope graduate, he holds an M.Phil. from the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Ontario; an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary; and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Celaine, have three daughters: Anna, Chara and Sophia.

James Hanson II is president of The Hampshire Companies, a real estate investment company, where he has been employed since 1983. From 1995 to 1998, he was managing director of a joint venture between Hampshire and CB Commercial (now CB Richard Ellis) to perform real estate management and brokerage services. Growing out of this relationship, he became senior managing director of the Eastern Division of CB Richard Ellis from 1998 to 2001. Most recently, he led efforts of The Hampshire Companies to become an institutional real estate fund manager by closing its first $200 million institutional real estate investment fund.

He has served as commissioner since 1995 and currently as president of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, a bi-state governmental agency of New York and New Jersey which oversees 115,000 acres of park land outside New York City. He is an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge, where he is past president of the Board of Trustees, Elder on the Board of Session and had also been a youth advisor for the junior and senior high youth fellowships.

He served on the college's Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1985 to 1991. A 1980 Hope graduate, Hanson completed his J.D., graduating magna cum laude, at Vermont Law School in 1983. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children: Jon II, Kristin and James III.

Ronald Hartgerink is retired from DSM-Catalytica Pharmaceuticals Inc. He joined the company, then called Wyckoff Chemical and owned by the family, in 1989 as president, succeeding his father, Elmer Hartgerink. He became chief executive officer in 1991 and chairman of the board in April of 1999. The family sold the company to Catalytica in 1999, with Hartgerink becoming senior vice president of chemical research and development. He retired at the end of 2000.

Prior to joining Wyckoff, he had held a variety of positions in research and development with Exxon for 20 years. He graduated from Hope in 1964, and completed his doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Hartgerink is a past chair and current member of the Board of Trustees of Western Theological Seminary. His many community involvements include the board of Chemical Bank Shoreline and the South Haven Local Development Finance Authority. He is an elder and on the Consistory Board of Hope Reformed Church in South Haven. He and his wife, Barbara, have three married sons, Daniel, Jeffrey and Kevin; and two grandsons.

Carolyn Holloway is senior pastor of the DeWitt Reformed Church on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, N.Y. She delivered the college's Baccalaureate sermon on Sunday, May 2. She is in her ninth year at DeWitt Reformed Church. She is the first female and first African American woman pastor in DeWitt's 124-year history.

Her numerous community appointments include serving as one of the vice presidents of the New York City Council of Churches and as an adjunct professor at New York Theological Seminary. Her extensive service to the Reformed Church in America includes serving currently as chairperson of the denomination's African American Council. She had also served Mariners' Temple Baptist Church in Chinatown in New York for seven years.

Holloway graduated from the College of New Rochelle. She completed her M.Div. at New York Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Urban Ministry degree at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She is a widowed mother of four children: Dennis, Robert, Sharon and Patrice.

David Lowry is a neurosurgeon in private practice with Great Lakes Neurosurgical Associates. A 1989 Hope graduate, he completed his M.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., and an M.B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh. His internship and residency were at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Lowry's professional activities currently also include serving as president of the Western Michigan Neurological Society since 2002, and serving on the Scientific Advisory Board of Northstar Neuroscience of Seattle, Wash., since 1999. He has been active as a consultant to venture capitalists and the medical device industry, and has co-authored numerous articles published in professional journals.

He is a member of Church of the Servant, a congregation of the Christian Reformed Church. He and his wife, Dr. Donna Lowry, have three sons, William, Samuel and Jonathan.

Paul Musherure has been a practicing pediatric dentist with HealthPartners, a not-for-profit health maintenance organization in St. Paul, Minn., since 1999. Originally from Uganda, he earned a diploma in public health dentistry and worked as a dental hygienist in a mission hospital in Kampala prior to attending Hope.

After graduating from Hope in 1993, Musherure attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he completed a DDS degree, a Master of Science in pediatric dentistry and a certificate in pediatric dentistry. After a brief stint practicing as a pediatric dentist with the Mott Children's Health Center in Flint, he moved to Minnesota in May of 1999.

Musherure was married later that year to Shartsi, and they now have two young daughters, Isabella and Abigail, and another child on the way. He enjoys working with the most needy inner city children in the Twin Cities area. He has also been involved with providing continuing education to other dental professionals through classes at the University of Minnesota.

Musherure's recent volunteer activity has been focused on the provision of free dental treatment for orphaned children infected with HIV/AIDS. He has been privileged to provide treatment to children both in Romania and Uganda.