In recognition of their commitment to education and their contributions to Christian community, Dr. John Hoekstra and Dr. Randall Voorn ’71 have been granted emeriti faculty status and were honored during the Commencement ceremonies on May 14.
Hoekstra has been awarded the rank Associate Professor of Education Emeritus, and Voorn has been awarded the rank Professor of Business Emeritus.
Dr. John Hoekstra has dedicated 11 years of his life to enhancing Christian higher education at Trinity.
He served as the College’s first director of Adult Studies Education, taking the program from its infancy and directing its expansion to three satellite campuses, including Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, College of DuPage in Addison, and Daystar School in Chicago.
Before Trinity, Hoekstra served 36 years in the public schools in Blue Island, Illinois. His teaching in Trinity’s traditional and Adult Studies programs includes assisting over 1,400 graduates from 80 cohorts through the program and on to successful careers.
Dr. Randall Voorn, a 1971 Trinity graduate, has taught at Trinity for 23 years and has used his experiences abroad to bring a global perspective to the College’s business and marketing curriculum.
He has fostered the growth of the business department’s marketing program to maturity as a fully integrated program within Trinity’s commitment to Christian liberal arts education.
Voorn has led students to professional excellence and worked diligently to contribute to the broader community through supporting and advancing his students’ careers both during and after their time of study at Trinity.
He will be teaching part-time in Trinity’s Adult Studies business program for the next year.