TIMELINE OF INITIATIVE

  January 2017-March 2018

Internal discussions are held with the administrative cabinet, academic division chairs, the academic senate, and the president’s council

october 12, 2017

The strategic planning committee of the board of trustees considers initial university report

January 23, 2018

The academic affairs committee of the board of trustees considers initial university report

January 29, 2018

The strategic planning committee of the board of trustees reviews timelines and university considerations

February 12, 2018

Listening session is held with the international leadership advisory council; the council is given the opportunity to provide input

March 20, 2018

The university initiative task force is launched to evaluate opportunities and to conduct focus groups around the concept of becoming a university. The university initiative task force includes members from the faculty, staff, administration, and students.

March 21, 2018

Student Government focus groups are conducted

March 26, 2018

Faculty Forum focus groups are conducted

April 6-7, 2018

Alumni Council focus groups are conducted

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Dordt staff focus groups are conducted

April 19-20, 2018

Board of trustees receives and approves recommendation from the strategic planning committee to authorize Dordt administration to operate the institution under the name “Dordt University” beginning May of 2019

May 3, 2018

President Erik Hoekstra announces that, on May 13, 2019, Dordt will become Dordt University

August 2018

Dordt community begins celebration of 400-year anniversary of the Synod of Dort around theme: "Dordt: What's in a Name?"

October 18-20, 2018

The new logo is unveiled at Defender Days

November 2018

Members of the Dordt community participate in the opening ceremony for the 400-year celebration of the Synod of Dort in the Netherlands

January 2019-Summer 2019

University alumni events, beginning January 2019, are held in the following cities:

  • January 17, 2019 - Chicago, Illinois- Coopers Hawk Winery- Merrillville, IN
  • January 18, 2019 - Grand Rapids, Michigan- Meijer Gardens
  • February 1, 2019 - Washington, D.C.
  • February 18, 2019 - Phoenix, Arizona- Four Peaks Brewery Tasting Room
  • February 20, 2019- Escondido
  • February 28, 2019 –Abbotsford, BC- Van Belle Nursery
  • March 1, 2019 – Lynden, WA- Jansen Art Museum
  • March 9, 2019 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • March 12, 2019 - Visalia, California
  • March 14, 2019 - Ripon, California
  • March 15, 2019 - Boise, Idaho
  • April 11, 2019 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • April 12, 2019 - Des Moines, Iowa- Rollins Mansion
  • Denver- TBD

April 2019

To commemorate the 400-year celebration of the Synod of Dort, The Andreas Center will host the conference "The Prodigal Love of God," which will feature scholars such as Pulitzer Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson and leading Reformed theologians Richard Mouw and James K.A. Smith

May 13, 2019

Dordt College officially transitions to Dordt University

May 29, 2019

The closing ceremony of the 400-year celebration of the Synod of Dort is held in the Netherlands

Summer 2019

Changes to campus signage, marketing materials, advertising campaigns, website, and more are made

 

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