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Vice-president for advancement hired



John Baas has been appointed Vice-President for College Advancement, effective with the start of the 2005-2006 academic year. Baas will fill the position now occupied by Lyle Gritters, who has announced his intent to retire next fall. Gritters has served Dordt College in a variety of leadership roles for over thirty-six years.

Baas is currently the director of major gifts at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, where his leadership roles since 1993 also include annual giving and capital campaign management. Baas earned his B.A. in Business and Economics at Calvin in 1982, and an M.B.A. at Grand Valley State University in 1996. He has also been a development associate for Holland Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

As one of six vice-presidents on the presidentís cabinet, the vice president for college advancement leads the division charged with maintaining relations with constituency, soliciting financial contributions, and communicating the mission of the college and its ongoing activities to the general public.