Dr. Carl Zylstra Appointed Interim President of Kuyper College

December 21, 2016

Jacquelyn Bolt, Chair—Kuyper College Board of Trustees, announced that the Board of Trustees of the College has appointed former Dordt College President, Dr. Carl Zylstra, as interim President of Kuyper.

According to Bolt, the appointment will ensure continuity of experienced, executive leadership, as Dr. Nicholas Kroeze, Kuyper College’s current President, begins a sabbatical and ultimate transition into retirement. 

“Dr. Zylstra has a solid understanding of what is required for a small Christian college to be successful,” said Bolt. “Having been president of Dordt College for 16 years, he is certainly familiar with the profiles of our various stake-holder groups including faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni.”  She added that “his 35 years of experience on more than a dozen higher education, civic, and ecclesiastical boards, combined with a decade and a half as a successful college president, brings a proven chief-executive to provide interim leadership as the college continues the search for its next president.” 

After leaving Dordt College, Dr. Zylstra founded SquareInch Consulting Group, a national firm with an experienced roster of executive level consultants specializing in the areas of leadership and organizational management, mission effectiveness assessment, transition, globalization and strategic and operational planning.

“I am delighted and honored to be appointed to this position,” said Dr. Zylstra. “My years of service in a variety of associations of Christian colleges has given me a keen appreciation for the unique character of each institution even as they together pursue a common calling of educating and preparing students as witnesses of Jesus Christ in both their personal and professional lives. I am deeply impressed with the very special mission and place of Kuyper College within the Christian college world and look forward with both anticipation and excitement to the days ahead.”

Dr. Zylstra currently serves as Executive Director of the Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities and holds membership on the Secretariat of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Executives in Church Related Higher Education. He has served as a trustee on both Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary boards. He has also served as member of the board of directors of several organizations including: The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Barnabas Foundation, the Christian Reformed World Missions and the Christian Reformed World Ministries. He holds a PhD in Theology and Communication from Princeton Theological Seminary, an MDiv from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a BA in Philosophy from Calvin College.