Gaylen Byker

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Gaylen J. Byker
9th President of Calvin College President of Calvin College
In office
Preceded by Anthony Diekema
Succeeded by Michael K. Le Roy
Personal details
Born 1948
Spouse(s) Susan Lemmen
Children Tanya Byker-Phair; Gayle
Alma mater University of Michigan

Gaylen James Byker (born 1948) is a former international businessman and former President of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also a director for InterOil Corporation. Byker is a native of Hudsonville, Michigan. He served in the United States Army from 1967 until 1970. Following his service in the Vietnam War, he attended Calvin College graduating in 1973. He went on to do graduate work, and received a master's degree and a JD in World Politics from the University of Michigan, as well as a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his education, he worked in the fields of international banking and energy. He also taught at American University of Beirut. Byker married Susan Lemmen in 1970 and they have two daughters. In May, 2011, Byker announced he would retire as president of Calvin College at the end of the 2011–2012 academic year.[1]


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Preceded by
Anthony J. Diekema
President of Calvin College
Succeeded by
Michael K. Le Roy