President John C. Knapp

Twelfth president of Hope College

Dr. John C. Knapp came to Hope in 2013 with leadership experience in higher education and business. He has led the development and implementation of a 10-year strategic plan to enhance the college's distinctiveness as a place of academic excellence, faith development, inclusiveness, and global engagement.

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, Ala.

"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