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Hoekstra appointed first provost

Dr. Erik Hoekstra has been named the first provost of Dordt College, replacing Dr. Rockne McCarthy, the current Vice President for Academic Affairs. The change from vice president to provost is the result of restructuring in the academic administration.

Erik Hoekstra

Erik Hoekstra

As provost, Hoekstra will be the administrative leader for the academic and student services divisions of the college. He will report to and make recommendations to the president and, at the request of the president, may serve as the chief administrative officer in his absence. Hoekstra will have faculty status and occasional teaching responsibilities.

“Dr. Hoekstra brings to this position a firm commitment to the Reformed principles of our college, a scholarly understanding of academic organizations, and the personal characteristics that will enable him to organize, motivate, and encourage faculty and staff to work together in pursuit of our mission,” said President Carl Zylstra in announcing the appointment to the Dordt campus community. “His commitment, insight, and gifts will be key attributes in providing administrative leadership.”

Hoekstra, who began his work at Dordt in March, was a partner and principal at Harbor Group in Sioux Center, serving as a business acquisition specialist, and as CEO of Harbor Consulting Group. Before his move to Harbor Group, Hoekstra was employed at Dordt College, serving from 1997-2000 as an instructor of business management and director of the business internship program

Hoekstra earned his bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy at Trinity Christian College; his master’s degree in international business at The Rotterdam School of Management-Erasmus University, and his Ph.D. in organizational leadership and human resource development at Iowa State University.