DEFENDER DAYS

Distinguished Alumni

Harry Fernhout of Ontario, Canada, graduated in 1970 and has worked in Christian higher education ever since then. Beginning in 2005, Fernhout was the president of The King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta. Before that, he was president of the Institute for Christian Studies, a graduate school in Toronto.

Since retiring in June, Fernhout has been working with his hands—something he says he was seldom able to do during his presidencies—and is now evaluating how he can continue to use his experience serving Christian higher education.

Tammy Walhof of Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduated in 1986 and was a social justice and political activist even as a student. She earned a master’s degree in public policy analysis and administration from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Walhof has worked for Christian Reformed World Relief (now World Renew) and is now the senior organizer for Bread for the World in seven states in the Upper Midwest.

In her work, she strives to help alleviate hunger and poverty, two conditions that she says do not match God’s vision for his world. Of Dordt College, she says, “Dordt’s vision of encouraging students to think, question, and prepare for Christ’s calling in God’s big world helped to prepare me for my lifelong passions and work in some very special ways.”