Office of the President

Kurt D. Dykstra


J.D. Marquette University Law School


Juris Doctor: Summa Cum Laude, first in his class, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI
B.A.: Magna Cum Laude, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA

Before beginning his role as the College’s president in July 2015, Kurt D. Dykstra served as mayor of the City of Holland, Michigan, and as the senior vice president and community president of Mercantile Bank of Michigan. Dykstra also was a part-time member of the faculty at Hope College for more than a decade, teaching upper-level courses in the Department of Economics and Business and the Department of Political Science. He has also served on the board of Northwestern College (Iowa), his alma mater.

He is a former judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ann Walsh Bradley of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and practiced law for 15 years at two National Law Journal 250 firms.

Dykstra possesses a deep understanding of business realities and management acumen. He has a proven history of fundraising based on building relationships, which has been a hallmark throughout his career in law, politics, nonprofits, education, and business. He also has a clear passion for higher education and a vision for the next generation of Christian leaders.

Dykstra grew up in Oostburg, Wisconsin, and was the first in his family to graduate from college. Dykstra and his wife, Leah, have two daughters, Juliana and Emma-Elisabeth. Leah most recently served as the assistant director of admissions at Hope College. The family has been active in Pillar Church, a dual-affiliation congregation of the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church in North America.


President Dykstra maintains a robust speaking schedule on and off-campus. View his schedule on where he will be serving as speaker, access the media kit or request him to speak at an event.

Oct. 20, 2017  |  Holland Christian High School, Holland, MI
2017 CEA Convention
President Dykstra leads the Cultivating Community session and give the Capstone Address.
Hosted by:  Holland Christian High School

Oct. 26, 2017  |  Grand Rapids Christian High School, Grand Rapids, MI
Leadership Lecture
President Dykstra is the featured speaker.
Hosted by:  Grand Rapids Christian High School

Oct. 30, 2017  |  Unity Christian High School, Hudsonville, MI
President Dykstra is the featured speaker.
Hosted by:  Unity Christian High School

Nov. 14, 2017  |  The Pinnacle Center, Hudsonville, MI
2017 West Michigan Dutch American Heritage Celebration Dinner (DAHD) 
President Dykstra serves as the Master of Ceremonies.
Hosted by:  West Michigan Dutch American Heritage Coordinating Council

Nov. 17, 2017  |  The Plaza Hotel, New York, NY
Netherland America Foundation (NAF) 36th Annual Peter Stuyvesant Ball
President Dykstra serves as the Master of Ceremonies.
Hosted by: Netherland America Foundation

Nov. 30, 2017  |   Hinsdale Covenant Church, Hinsdale, IL
President Dykstra speaks on Leadership to the Men’s Fraternity
Hosted by: Hinsdale Covenant Church

Jan. 10, 2018  | Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
President Dykstra leads the College community in the first chapel of the Spring 2018 academic year.
Hosted by: Trinity Christian College

Inquiries about the President may be made to

Deborah Vincent, Executive Assistant to the President
708.239.4793 |


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