Parents of current and former Hope College students have a long history of positively impacting the college. This is often due to a feeling of appreciation for the difference Hope has made in the lives of their children and a desire to make a difference at Hope. Dan and Magee Gordon (parents of Tommy ’08) of Ada, Michigan, are no exception. The Gordons have been faithful and joyful supporters of Hope and say they do so because of Hope’s commitment to excellence in every regard.
They saw firsthand what Hope was all about while their son attended. “We were most impressed with the holistic approach that Hope provided, academically rigorous in a
nurturing Christian environment,” said Magee.
One of the areas that the Gordons have chosen to support at Hope is the spiritual life dimension by designating their gifts to the Campus Ministries team. They appreciate the unique and vitally active programming this team offered their son. “The voluntary chapel services and the many offerings such as spring break mission trips really made an impact on our son and our understanding of the Hope community,” explained Dan.
“In addition, the exemplary chaplain’s staff really connected with the students on a personal level.”
As a businessman, Dan has been most impressed learning the management and daily operations of the college. Hope’s operational efficiency and stewardship efforts are noteworthy, both operationally and in terms of graduation rate—he notes that the college’s ranks among the best in Michigan. “Hope is able to run so smoothly, yet without cutting corners where it matters,” he said.
Although the Gordons admit they are proud to be contributors to Hope, they also have been active volunteers. While their son was at Hope they served several years as members of the Parents’ Council. “We were so touched to be asked to serve in that way,” remembers Magee. Their time commitment is continuing as Dan has recently been elected and has agreed to serve on the Hope College Board of Trustees.
Dan and Magee are not shy in admitting that they believe Hope prepares graduates to make a difference in the world. They speak candidly that they witnessed firsthand their son and his friends becoming global thinkers during their time at Hope and beyond.
“There are so many opportunities to go out into the world and explore disciplines and areas of study you might not otherwise be exposed to,” said Dan. “Hope clearly prepares students for a lifetime of learning and critical thinking,” added Magee.
The Gordons encourage anyone who is considering supporting Hope to spend a day on campus and experience firsthand the interactions, culture, engagement, and excitement. They, like many others, also realize that not every student has the opportunity to attend due to financial restrictions. “We believe tackling the question of long-term affordability by building the endowment is a critical strategy for the future,” said Dan. However, they were eager to point out that they see the current fund-raising campaign, A Greater Hope, making a significant difference at Hope. In addition to building the endowment, impact will be made through several key capital projects, including a concert hall and music facility, art museum, and student center.
The Gordons believe Hope is a great place because of the community that exists on campus and throughout the greater Holland community. “Hope and Holland are a perfect fit for each other, and we couldn’t be happier about that.”