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Cornerstone University names EVP of academics

June 29, 2015
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John VerBerkmoes
John VerBerkmoes. Courtesy Cornerstone University

A man with more than 28 years of experience in higher education is the new executive vice president for academics at Cornerstone University and dean of its Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids said this month that it has appointed John VerBerkmoes to the roles.

VerBerkmoes will have oversight of all academic programs, activities and faculty at Cornerstone University and the seminary.

Bob Sack, VP for advancement at Cornerstone University, said VerBerkmoes' responsibilities include oversight and development of traditional undergraduate, graduate, adult learning, online learning and theological seminary programming.

VerBerkmoes will replace Rick Ostrander, who is serving as provost and leaving Cornerstone on Aug. 1 for a new position with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. VerBerkmoes is already serving in his new role in a transitional period.

Higher education career

Most recently, VerBerkmoes served as the VP and academic dean at the seminary for more than a decade.

He provided academic and organizational leadership, coordinated the development and implementation of an academic strategic plan and oversaw communication and reporting requirements for grant funding.

VerBerkmoes has also held a number of other positions at the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, including assistant to the dean and director of admissions and enrollment management.

He also served as the director of financial aid at Cornerstone University.

With more than 28 years of experience working with the university, Sack said VerBerkmoes has been a proven and highly respected leader.

“His 28 years have really exemplified loyalty to Cornerstone, terrific strategic thinking and leadership on many fronts,” Sack said. “His performance and success with the seminary certainly has paved the way for this as well.”

VerBerkmoes holds a bachelor of religious education from Cornerstone University, a master of theological studies from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Michigan State University.


Cornerstone University offers undergraduate and graduate programs for traditional students, adults and professionals.

The Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University is a graduate school offering a master’s degree in divinity, counseling, Christian formation, interdisciplinary studies and theology. 

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