Anthony Diekema

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Anthony J. Diekema
Born 1933
Zeeland, Michigan, United States
Title President of Calvin College
Term 1976–1995
Predecessor William Spoelhof
Successor Gaylen Byker
Spouse(s) Doris Jeane Waanders
Children Douglas; David; Dan; Paul; Mark; Maria Diekema-Zuidema; Tanya

Anthony J. Diekema (born 1933 in Zeeland, Michigan,[1] United States) is a former President of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States.[1][2]

Diekema graduated from Calvin College in 1956, where he played on the men's basketball team,[3] 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. ^ "Fmr. Calvin College President Tony Diekema on Dutch royalty visit" WZZM 13. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  3. ^ "C CLUB HONORS FORMER PRESIDENT TONY DIEKEMA" The Calvin Spark. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
Preceded by
William Spoelhof
President of Calvin College
Succeeded by
Gaylen Byker