Liz Rudenga - Biography
Dr. Liz Rudenga first served as Trinity’s provost beginning in 2000 when she accepted the position as an interim during a national search to fill the role. As interim provost, Rudenga said she had the opportunity to get a sense of what the provost’s office required as she simultaneously taught education classes. After sensing God’s calling and receiving encouragement from colleagues, she applied for the full-time appointment and was offered the position.
Rudenga initially began her work at Trinity in 1981 as a part-time education professor, and she eventually served as chair of the education department. She said that setting aside the aspects of teaching she most loved was difficult but that serving as provost gave her the opportunity to help Trinity continue to strive for academic excellence.
Over the years, Rudenga has seen the College grow in the number of students, programs, and facilities while remaining committed to the mission to educate the whole person as a thinking, feeling, and believing creature.
“Our faculty is outstanding, our emphasis on faculty and student scholarship is strong, our community continues to become more diverse, and our programs and facilities have expanded exponentially,” said Rudenga.
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Rudenga graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids with a degree in elementary education. She completed her master’s at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana, and her doctorate at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Prior to joining Trinity, she was a special education teacher.
Outside of the campus office walls, Rudenga enjoys camping and hiking, a chance to get away from cell phones and email and “see the beauty of the wonderful world that God has created.”
While a student at Calvin, Rudenga met her husband, Jack, whom she married in 1975. They have three children--Sarah ’02, Jayne ’03, and Ben. She and Jack attend Crossroads Community Church, a Christian Reformed church in Schererville, Indiana.