Vice President for Student Life
M.A., Michigan State University
Becky Starkenburg nurtures a vibrant student experience at Trinity as she leads an experienced staff in residence life, student leadership, counseling, vocation and career, community engagement, athletics, and security.
Starkenburg’s leadership is about cultivating an academic community where students flourish. “The unique kind of education that we offer at Trinity – liberal arts joined with field experience in the area of study – shapes students to flourish in their vocation for their whole lives,’” says Starkenburg. Under her leadership, the student life and athletics staff seeks to create a co-curricular education that endures. “What I love about Trinity is that of course our students have fun, but they also develop deep and lasting friendships. They begin to see how redemption is happening, they develop solutions to vexing problems, they participate in creative and redemptive activity that develops community, and, most importantly, through the rhythms of Trinity life, they are reminded of who they are and how they are being shaped. It’s a whole-life thing. There is nothing more life-giving for any of us who teach, coach and serve at Trinity than seeing a student awaken to these things, as they discover joy in what they are being called to do.”
Starkenburg and her husband Dr. Keith Starkenburg, professor of theology at Trinity, have been at Trinity Christian College since 2008. Prior to 2008, Vice President Starkenburg served in various student affairs roles at both small private liberal arts colleges and a large state university. She also previously served as Trinity’s Director of the First Year Experience before becoming vice president in 2013. She earned a master of arts degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University in 2002, engaging in focused projects on the quality of mentoring relationships between female students and their professors and a comprehensive review of a small college’s alcohol policy. She has also led grant projects, including an ACUHO-I grant to improve community development in a large university apartment complex and, in 2015-16, a Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) grant at Trinity.
She currently serves on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Commission for Chief Student Affairs Officers.