Hope College Board Says It Now Supports President

May 9, 2016

John Knapp seems secure in his position as president of Hope College. Following a meeting of the college's board, Hope released a statement Friday that said, in part: "The Board of Trustees reaffirms its commitment to support President John Knapp as leader of Hope College. The board and the president are strongly united in the mission of building a better Hope. Together, they will continue meeting challenges collaboratively and championing the college’s strategic plan, Hope for the World: 2025. The board remains wholeheartedly and unanimously supportive of the vision and goals laid out in the strategic plan. The Board of Trustees and President Knapp are moving forward in a spirit of unity, working toward clarification of mutual expectations. Communication between board leadership and the president has been restored, and President Knapp and the trustees are looking forward to better processes and more fluent communications."

The statement marks a reversal from a board push last month to fire Knapp, who has strong support from students, faculty members and alumni, who have been rallying on his behalf.

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