HOLLAND (WWJ) – The president of Hope College has announced his plans to retire from the southwestern Michigan school he has led for more than a decade.
The Holland-based Christian college says James Bultman will retire at the end of the 2011-12 school year.
Bultman, who is 69, announced his intention to retire to the campus community on Monday afternoon. He had informed the college’s Board of Trustees during the board’s spring meeting held on campus May 5-6.
Bultman a 1963 Hope College graduate, became its 11th president in 1999.
“I am deeply grateful for a supportive Board of Trustees, a dedicated administrative team, a talented faculty, a resourceful staff and diligent students,” said Bultman.
Bultman’s career at Hope College spanned the gamut from department chair, dean to head baseball coach.
Trustees chair Joel G. Bouwens said that a search committee comprised of trustees, alumni, faculty, administrators and students will be constituted and begin its work immediately with a goal of selecting the 12th president of Hope College in time for the 2012-13 school year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.