"Financially, these are challenging times. Hope's benchmark figures with other like colleges indicate clearly that our aggressive stewardship efforts, in the recent years especially, have improved an already strong relative position on virtually all economic indicators. Hope's financial condition is a tribute to the trustees who have pushed for stewardship, our finance officers who have led these efforts, and the entire college community for their commitment to it.
Because hope does not disappoint us, we look forward to the future with confidence and expectation. Ours is a noble endeavor. We serve talented students. It is a special joy to build on the firm foundations established in the homes of so many of our students and a very real privilege to serve an institution with so many recognized strengths. Yet, we have a burning passion to make better what already is very good. May God grant us wisdom and energy to fulfill our mission with great distinction.”
Dr. James E. Bultman '63
President of Hope College
Jim and Martie Bultman to be honored by naming of new student center
The new student center planned for the heart of campus will be named the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center.
Announced as part of the college's "A Greater Hope" comprehensive campaign, the 42,000-square-foot facility will provide dynamic, attractive space to promote student interaction and a myriad of events in exciting venues, and will serve as a beacon drawing students to their campus "family room."
The Cheri DeVos VanderWeide family of Ada, Mich., provided a $10 million lead gift. Cheri is a co-chair of the campaign.
The VanderWeides applauded recognizing the Bultmans – who are retiring in June 2012 after serving as the college's president and first lady since 1999 – in a way that celebrates their student focus.
"Jim and Martie Bultman have devoted themselves wholeheartedly to students," they said. "They've worked tirelessly to make the best possible Hope for the students of the present and the future, and their devotion shows day-to-day through their active involvement in campus life. We hope for the new student center to make a lasting difference for generations, and naming the building for Jim and Martie is an ideal way to celebrate the lasting difference that they have made."