Dr. Matthew vandenBerg named 19th president of Presbyterian College.

The vice president for advancement and external relations at Alma College (Alma, Mich.) will take office on Feb. 1, 2021.

A Message from Dr. vandenBerg

“Higher education institutions across the country are contending with significant headwinds. However, with a shared sense of purpose, a creative spirit, and sustained focus, PC can emerge stronger than ever and build a tremendous foundation for the next 140 years.”

– Dr. Matthew vandenBerg

About Dr. vandenBerg

In Dr. vandenBerg, the PC Board of Trustees selected a president noted for his ability to engage constituents and skilled at leading a college that supports excellence in academics, transparency in governance, and innovation in strategic planning.

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Quotes about Dr. vandenBerg

“Dr. vandenBerg embraces the Christian faith and is a lifelong member of the PC (USA). He sought a presidency at a church-related liberal arts college, and specifically PC, as our mission of developing well-rounded students is a driving force for him.”

E. G. Lassiter ’69

chair of PC’s Board of Trustees

“My primary concern as chair of the search committee was to find the person who has working knowledge and sufficient grasp of all of the challenges facing higher education and has the ability to communicate and lead strategies that will address those that are most urgent for Presbyterian College.

“That person would need to be able to develop and nurture effective relationships with all of the constituencies that make up the PC family. High on the list of priorities were student enrollment, fundraising, shared governance within the institution, and emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

“Drawing on his experience and inspiring leadership style, Dr. vandenBerg demonstrates the ability and desire to quickly address those concerns.”

Dr. Holbrook Raynal ’70

chair of the presidential search committee, member of PC’s Board of Trustees

“Dr. vandenBerg brings a track record of success as well as an energy and dynamism that I believe will serve PC well. In this challenging and changing time for higher education, his experience working at similar institutions and his openness to innovative ideas is exciting and promises a bright future.

“I anticipate that faculty and the president will work together to continue improving the academic experience at PC.”

Dr. Michael Nelson

PC history professor, presidential search committee member, and chair of the Faculty Senate at PC