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In the meeting of the Board of Regents of the Holland Academy, important decisions were made. In attendance were: Rev. Philip Phelps Jr., Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Rev. Cornelius Vander Meulen, Rev. G. J. Nykerk, Rev. Herman Stobbelaar, Rev. Roelof Pieters, Rev. Christian Vander Veen, Rev. Adrian Zwemer, and elders, Gerrit Wakker, H. Broek, and H. Yntema. Rev. J. M. Ferris and Elder B. Ledeboer, M.D., from the Classis of Michigan were also present. Pieters was elected president for the coming year. Matters regarding students and finances were taken care of. Principal Phelps proposed a more permanent basis for the Academy. It was resolved that a normal school class be started for the purpose of educating teachers. Then as a follow-up of Phelps's proposal, a plan was presented the next day involving Supervision and Professorships. "The action of the Principal in the establishment of a Collegiate Department is approved." With this action, Hope College is founded!!
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Zwemer, Adrian, "The Meeting of the Board of Regents of the Holland Academy" (1862). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 134.