H18-1980.90. Stegenga, Preston J. (1924-2010). Papers, 1947-2010. 0.25 linear ft.


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Preston J. Stegenga was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to the Rev. Miner and Mrs. Stegenga. He started at Hope College in 1941, but was called to serve in the United States Army doing counter-intelligence (CIC) work in Europe during World War II from 1943-1945. He returned to Hope College and graduated with the class of 1947. He received a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1948 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1952. He served as an instructor and later associate professor of history and political science at Berea College from 1948-1955. While there, he authored the Hope College history book Anchor of Hope: The History of an American Denominational Institution, Hope College (1954). He served as the president of Northwestern Junior College and Academy (later Northwestern College) at Orange City, Iowa, from 1955-1966. In 1966, Stegenga was appointed by the United States Department of State to serve as the Chief of the American delegation at the University of Liberia in Monrovia through the United States Agency for International Development in conjunction with a project through the Cornell University. In 1968, he was appointed coordinator of the International Student Program at Sacramento State College (later California State University) in California. While there he was appointed a consultant for the United Nations Development Program to periodically evaluate United Nations international higher education projects in developing countries throughout the world. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Northwestern College in 1989. Stegenga passed away in Sacramento, California, in 2010. The collection contains articles by Stegenga, biographical information, correspondence with President Irwin J. Lubbers, a student paper written while at Hope College, and a 1952 Ph.D. dissertation submitted by Stegenga to the University of Michigan titled “Hope College in Dutch-American Life, 1851-1951.”


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