Hope College is still in existence today due in no small part to the efforts of its first president, Philip Phelps, Jr. who left his home to travel to an unknown struggling school in the West, transforming the Holland Academy into a fully functional and independent college. Phelps, with his constant vision and idealism, saw a future for a school that was not yet established. As the founder of Hope College, Phelps set Hope on the course to becoming the school it is today.
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Van Heest, Valerie (Ed.). (2009). A Century of Science: Excellence at Hope College. Holland, MI: Hope College.; page 12