Mark DeWittDirector of Corporate and Foundation Relations
A third-generation alumnus, Mark DeWitt has been a part of Development and Alumni Relations since 2005. He participated in two comprehensive campaigns, Legacies and A Greater Hope, which dramatically increased the footprint of the campus and expanded arts offerings through the recent construction of the Kruizenga Art Museum and Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
In addition, Mark coordinates the Patrons for the Arts program granting funds for Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and all the fine arts, providing added offerings than those made possible by tuition and ticket sales.
- M.M., Aquinas College, 2000
- B.A., Hope College, 1987
- Certified Fund Raising Executive (C.F.R.E.) License 66518, 2014
Mark was an adjunct professor of business at Grand Rapids Community College and held positions in marketing and sales with Wolters Kluwer/CCH, Thomson Learning, Blockbuster Video and Database of Chicago.
Awards and recognitions
- CASE Corporate and Foundation Relations Officers 2015 conference planning committee (with Michigan, Rutgers, Stanford and Brandeis)
- SCUP North Central Conference – Ohio State University presentation “Trumpeting a New Era in Music Excellence – Town/Gown Relationships That Encourage Partnerships”
- HASP January 2016 presentation “Casavant Organ and Steinway D Acquisition”
- CASE Currents Magazine (September 2016) – Stewardship that Engages Corporations and Foundations
Why I love Hope
Hope College is an exceptional blend of rigorous academics and life transforming co-curricular activities. Hope is linked to his friendships, his passions and his family. His most cherished moments have a Hope connection.
Outside the college
Mark was on the Board of Directors for the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce and Zeeland Chamber of Commerce (2009–2010, chair). He was also chair of the deacons at Third Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.
Mark is a cyclist, pianist and organist. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Dawn DeYoung ’92 DeWitt, and his children, Seth ’19, Skylar and Seanna.