posted July 23, 2009

Hope College Board of Trustees Appointments

Hope College has made two new appointments to its Board of Trustees.

Newly chosen to serve four-year terms on the board are the Rev. Dr. William R. Boersma and James L. Jurries, both of Holland.

The board has also re-elected Joel G. Bouwens of Holland and Cheri Vander Weide of Ada to four-year terms.

Trustees concluding service on the board are the Rev. David M. Bast of Grand Rapids; Dwayne O. Boyce of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; Arwa Haider of Pinecrest, Fla.; and Barbara J. Hall of Sarasota, Fla.

Bouwens is continuing to serve as chairperson, and Brian W. Koop of Holland has been re-elected to a two-year term as vice-chairperson.  Dr. David W. Lowry of Holland is continuing to serve as secretary.

° Rev. Boersma, who is a 1975 Hope graduate, has been minister of adult discipleship at Christ Memorial Church in Holland since 1990.  He was previously associate minister at Fellowship Reformed Church in Hudsonville. He majored in psychology and sociology at Hope, and participated in activities including varsity baseball, the Pull tug-of-war and the Arcadian fraternity.  He completed a Master of Divinity degree at Western Theological Seminary in 1978, and subsequently completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at the seminary in 1989.

He is the son of two Hope alumni, Connie Boersma of Holland and the late Max Boersma, and the grandson of the late Milton "Bud" Hinga, who was at Hope from 1931 to 1960 as a member of the faculty, coach and dean. Boersma's wife, Claire, is also a 1975 Hope graduate.  They have four grown children, all of whom are also Hope alumni:  Bryan, Class of 2000; Rachel, Class of 2003; David, Class of 2005; and Brenton, Class of 2009.

° James Jurries, who is a 1964 Hope graduate, has been involved in a series of land development projects in West Michigan since 1972.  He has been president of Jurries Capital Management Inc. since 1994.    He previously held positions with First Michigan Bank in Holland and the Northern Trust in Chicago.  He majored in business administration at Hope and was a member of the Fraternal Society fraternity.  He completed an MBA at the University of Michigan in 1965.

Jurries and his wife, Ginger, who is a 1964 Hope graduate, have provided volunteer leadership and service to multiple organizations in West Michigan and beyond, receiving recognition including the 2008 Family Award from the Community Foundation of the Holland-Zeeland Area and the 2003 Distinguished Philanthropist Award from the West Michigan Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Active in the life of the college, they spearheaded the volunteer effort to raise support for the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse, and have provided leadership gifts for multiple projects, including the fieldhouse, the Schaap Science Center, the A.C. Van Raalte Institute and the restoration of Graves Hall.  They have also established four different student scholarships and currently serve as co-presidents of the college's Second Century Club.

James and Ginger Jurries are members of Christ Memorial Church.  They have two grown children, Kristin, a member of the college's Class of 1992; and Steven.