Dr. John C. Knapp is the 12th president of Hope College.
Since joining Hope in 2013, President Knapp has led the development and implementation
of a 10-year strategic plan to enhance Hope’s distinctiveness as a place of academic
excellence, faith development, inclusiveness and global engagement.
With a collaborative leadership style, he has engaged campus-wide conversations and initiatives focused on strengthening the college’s climate and culture. At the heart of his work is a commitment to building and supporting an inclusive culture where every student and employee can flourish.
“Colleges and universities can make a tremendous difference in the world, but we must do it one student at a time. In Christian higher education, we have the opportunity, mandate and mission to do this very effectively.”
—Dr. John C. Knapp
Dr. Knapp’s scholarship includes multiple books and articles on leadership ethics, issues in higher education and the intersection of faith and work. Prior to assuming the Hope presidency, he served as the founding director of the Francis Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.