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Hope Board of Trustees Elects New Chair and New Members
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Hope Board of Trustees Elects New Chair and New Members

HOLLAND – Mary V. Bauman of Grand Rapids has been elected chairperson of the Hope College Board of Trustees, which has also elected several new members.

She succeeds Joel V. Bouwens, who has concluded the two four-year terms chairs may serve but will continue to be a member of the board.
Her tenure began on July 1.

Hope President Dr. James E. Bultman praised both leaders for the high quality of their service to the college.

“Joel Bouwens has been an exceptional chair of the Hope College Board of Trustees for these past eight years,” Bultman said.  “His leadership, wise counsel, and generous time commitment have together been an inspiration to me personally and to so many others.  Joel’s commitment to the mission of the college and his passion for Hope to be the best it can be in every facet of its operation are exemplary.”

“We are fortunate to have a person of Mary Bauman’s caliber who is both willing and able to lead the Trustees during this next chapter of the college’s life,” he said.  “Mary has demonstrated her commitment to Hope as a Trustee and will serve the college well in this new leadership role.”

Other transitions on the board include the election of a new vice-chair, the Rev. Dr. William R. Boersma of Holland, to succeed Brian W. Koop of Holland, who had concluded the four years a vice chair may serve.  Dr. David W. Lowry of Holland continues to serve as secretary in addition to chairing the college’s presidential search committee.

The board has also elected six new members to four-year terms:  David B. Charnin of Darien, Conn.; Nancy Dirkse DeWitt of Cincinnati, Ohio; Lindsey Dood of Grand Rapids; Lisa C. Granger of Lansing; Monica M. Newendorp of Pella, Iowa; and D. Scott Van Oostendorp of Zeeland.  In addition, the board re-elected Bauman, Thomas H. Claus of East Grand Rapids and A. Paul Schaap of Grosse Pointe Park to additional four-year terms.

Trustees concluding service on the board are Sandra K. Church of Holland; Brian W. Koop; Stephen M. Norden of Powell, Ohio; Richard L. Postma of Grand Rapids; and Carol Sytsma of Newcastle, Wash.

Bauman, an attorney who is diversity partner with Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids, is the first woman to chair the board.  She has been a member of the board since 2007 and has been active in the life of the college in multiple ways through the years, including as a member of the college’s 1998 presidential search committee and as the mother of two students.  She is a 1980 graduate and the daughter of two alumni, Robert and Mary Van Dis.

Bauman majored in political science and minored in business administration and communication.  After graduation she spent two years as a producer and reporter with WOOD TV-8 and a year with WGVU-TV as director of corporate giving before enrolling at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has been with Miller Johnson since graduating with her juris doctor degree summa cum laude in 1986.

Her law practice is focused on employee benefits and executive compensation, with her primary concentration being on health and welfare benefits.  Her involvement with Miller Johnson includes chairing the firm’s Health Care Reform Team and Diversity Council. Among other honors, she is listed in “Best Lawyers in America” for employee benefits law and has been named a Michigan “Super Lawyer,” and received a 2011 Legacy Award for professional and personal contribution in promoting diversity in the community.

In addition to her work as a legal professional, Bauman has been active in community organizations and the Reformed Church in America (RCA).  Among others, she has also served on the boards of the Forest Hills Educational Foundation, Arbor Circle Corporation, HHS Health Options and Western Theological Seminary; has served on the RCA’s Board of Benefit Services; and is active in various roles at her church, Central Reformed in Grand Rapids.

Her husband, Ken Bauman, is a 1979 Hope graduate.  They have two sons, Ken, a 2010 Hope graduate who is pursuing a law degree at Michigan State University; and Kevin, a Hope sophomore.

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