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Jacob Eugene Nyenhuis, American academic administrator.


Nyenhuis, Jacob Eugene was born on March 25, 1935 in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States. Son of Egbert Peter and Rosa (Walburg) Nyenhuis.


Bachelor of Arts in Greek, Calvin College, 1956. Master of Arts in Classics, Stanford University, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy in Classics, Stanford University, 1963.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Hope College, 2001.


Assistant in classical languages Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1957-1959. Acting instructor Stanford (California) University, 1962. From assistant professor to professor Wayne State University, Detroit, 1962-1975, director honors program, 1964-1975, chairman Greek and Latin department, 1965-1975.

Professor classics, dean for humanities Hope College, Holland, 1975-1978, dean for arts and humanities, 1978-1984, provost, 1984—2001, professor and provost emeritus, since 2001. Senior research fellow A.C. Van Raalte Institute, 2001—2002, director, since 2002. Consultant Michigan Department Education, Lansing, 1971-1972, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, 1974, Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, 1983, Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington, 1987, The Daedalus Project, 1988, Albion College, 2002-2003, Kalamazoo College, 2003-2004.

Reviewer National Endowment of the Humanities, Washington, 1986-1987, panelist, 1991. Reviewer Lilly Endowment, Indianapolis, 1987-1989, United States Department Education, 1993, Michigan Humanities Council, 1999-2001, 2006. Visiting associate professor University California, Santa Barbara, 1967-1968, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1972.

Visiting research professor American School Classical Studies, Athens, Greece, 1973-1974, managing committee. Visiting scholar Green College Oxford University, 1989. Member editorial advisory board Christianity and The Arts, 1998-2001, chairman, 1999-2001.



Elder Christian Reformed Church, Palo Alto, California, 1960—1962, elder, clerk Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 1964—1967, Holland, 1976—1985, vice president, 1988—1991, executive committee, 1994—1995. Trustee Calvin Theological Seminary, 2001—2007, member executive committee, 2002—2007, vice president, 2003—2007. Chairman human relations council Open Housing Committee, Grosse Pointe, 1971—1973.

Member American Philological Association, Danforth Associates (chairman regional committee 1975-1977), Michigan Classical Conference (1st vice president 1965-1966, president 1966-1967), Michigan Council Humanities (board directors, 1976-1984, 88-92, 96-99, chairman 1980-1982, Distinguished Service award 1984), National Federation State Humanities Councils (board directors 1979-1984, president 1981-1983), Great Lakes Colleges Association (board directors 1991-1993), Council on Undergrad. Research (councilor-at-large 1993-1999), Dutch Heritage Coordinating Council, Green College Society, Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Sigma Phi.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: photography, carpentry, cross-country skiing.


Married Leona Mae Van Duyn, June 6, 1956. Children: Karen J. Louwsma, Kathy J. Kurtze, Lorna J. Cook, Sarah Van Duyn N.

Egbert Peter Nyenhuis

Rosa (Walburg) Nyenhuis

Leona Mae Van Duyn

Karen J. Louwsma Nyenhuis

Kathy J. Kurtze Nyenhuis

Lorna J. Cook Nyenhuis

Sarah Van Duyn N. Nyenhuis