APPOINTED TRINITY'S SEVENTH PRESIDENT
Ending a search that spanned
more than seven months, the board of trustees formally presented Dr. Steve
Timmermans of Grand Rapids, Mich., as the next president of Trinity Christian
College to students, faculty, and staff in the Ozinga Chapel Monday afternoon, March 17.
He will assume his official duties at the beginning of the academic year
"My heart is filled with
gratitude for Trinity," Timmermans said as he addressed the audience. "(The
College) will continue to thrive while preparing students for Christian
leadership in a world badly in need of restoration and reconciliation.
I look forward to joining (this) journey of faithfulness."
Board Chairman Terry Vander
Aa introduced Timmermans after the board gave its unanimous approval to
appoint him as the seventh president of the College. The search committee,
headed by Bill Weidenaar, received more than 60 inquiries about the position
before finally selecting Timmermans, an education professor at Calvin College.
"God does what He has to
do to keep the College moving forward," Vander Aa said. "It's a new season
for Trinity, and we are pleased that God has brought us a leader who can
sustain the positive momentum."
recently held the post of executive associate to the president of Calvin
College in Grand Rapids, where he has served in varied capacities since
1989, including director of student academic services, professor of education,
dean for instruction, and interim director of the service-learning center.
After receiving a bachelor of science degree from Calvin in 1979, Timmermans
continued his post-graduate education at the University of Michigan, where
he earned a master of arts degree in psychology and an education specialist
degree in education in 1983, and a doctor of philosophy degree in psychology
and education in 1985. He spent the next four years at Mary Free Bed Hospital
and Rehabilitation Center in Grand Rapids as a licensed psychologist, eventually
serving as both chief of pediatric psychology and director of pediatric
programming and research.
Timmermans and his wife,
Barbara, were accompanied by three of their four children: Becca, Paul,
and Jessica. Their oldest daughter, Katie, was on spring break.