Anthony Diekema

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Anthony J. Diekema
Born 1933
Zeeland, Michigan
Nationality American
Title President of Calvin College
Spouse(s) Doris Jeane Waanders
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
Discipline Sociologist

Anthony J. Diekema (born 1933) was President of Calvin College from 1976 to 1995.[1][1]

Diekema graduated from Calvin College in 1956, where he played on the men's basketball team,[2] and went on to receive a master's degree and a doctorate in sociology from Michigan State University.[1] When Diekema came to Calvin College in 1976, he completed the development of the campus master plan and began construction projects to meet growing needs.[1] He also purchased more land for the college to expand further and oversaw the expansion of the curriculum.[1] During his tenure, enrollments rose above 4,000 for the first time.[1] He is married to Doris Jeane Waanders and they have seven children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Anthony J. Diekema". Heritage Hall. Calvin College. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "C CLUB HONORS FORMER PRESIDENT TONY DIEKEMA" The Calvin Spark. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
Academic offices
Preceded by
William Spoelhof
President of Calvin College
Succeeded by
Gaylen Byker