Paul Willard

Graphic Designer
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Paul Willard began working at Hope College in January 2015 as a graphic designer in the Public Affairs and Marketing division. Paul loves working on design and marketing projects for the various divisions at Hope College and enjoys collaborating with a variety of departments to better serve the needs of the Hope community.


  • B.A., graphic design with minors in advertising and marketing, Central Michigan University, 2006
  • Also studied college student affairs at Eastern Illinois University

Professional experience

Paul has extensive experience in higher education, specifically in Housing and Residence Life at Ferris State University (three years) and Aquinas College (one year), where he worked for four years as a hall director.

More recently, Paul worked at Ferris State University as the marketing specialist for Auxiliary Enterprises for three years before landing at Hope College. Freelancing occasionally, Paul enjoys pushing the limits of design and trying new things on a regular basis.

Awards and recognition

Paul has presented at numerous conferences and events during his tenure in Housing and Residence Life. He enjoys presenting on leadership, risk management, Greek Life and personality traits.

Why I love Hope

Paul loves Hope because of the unique opportunities and challenges to further his design and marketing skills. He feels that Hope students and the larger community are wonderfully different than any other institution of higher education and things here are always positive and happy. He’s never met an unhappy person at Hope College.

Outside the college

Paul enjoys spending time outside and being active through sports, working out and participating in runs like the Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder. Paul also enjoys cooking and was probably a world-class chef in another lifetime.

If you asked him to describe himself in one quote, it would be: "I tried to be normal once. It was the worst two minutes of my life."

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Paul Willard

Phone Number616.395.7044

Anderson-Werkman Financial Center 100 East 8th Street Holland, MI 49423