Hudsonville educator selected for Calvin fellowship

Jerry DeGroot, principal and chief executive officer of Unity Christian High School,  has been selected for a 2017-2018 fellowship by the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools at Calvin College.

The fellows program, now in its 11th year, is designed for school heads who seek professional development in their work as administrators of faith-based schools.

The program begins with five residential days in July, continues with five days next January, and concludes with three days in July 2018. Between sessions, faculty coaching and consultant support is available via phone, through online tools and in person.

Topics covered will include marketing, student recruitment and retention, social media, strategic planning, fundraising campaigns, and sustainability.

The majority of participant expenses are covered by the Van Lunen Center, including cost of instruction, lodging, meals, coaching and access to topic experts.

The Van Lunen Center was established at Calvin in 2007 with a $2.5 million endowment gift from the Richard D. Van Lunen Foundation. Subsequent gifts from several foundations, individual gifts and Christian school associations support the center. Its stated purpose is to provide executive management education for senior leaders of schools based on the historic Christian faith.