Calvin Dedicating Van Lunen Center

October 1, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — Calvin College will formally dedicate its new Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Prince Conference Center on campus. Dr. Shirley Roels, executive director of the center, will speak.

The Van Lunen Center was established at Calvin via a $2 million gift to the college from the Richard D. Van Lunen Foundation. Its purpose is to provide executive management education for senior leaders of schools based on the historic Christian faith (of which there are some 20,000 across the continent).

Roels said it is essential that schools not only are "faith-full" in mission, but also that they are exceptionally well-managed organizations that use the most effective knowledge and skills to implement their missions.

"Voucher programs and tax credits are very limited in reach, as are other sources of governmental support. Churches have multiple challenges and requests for resources to fulfill their missions. While they are essential partners, they cannot carry the core responsibility of sustaining the faith-based school."

Both the talk and a reception to follow are free and open to the public.

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