Johannes Broene

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Johannes Broene
Born 1875
Muskegon, Michigan
Died 1967
Occupation President of Calvin College
Title President
Term 1925-1930; 1939-1940
Predecessor 1st term: John J. Hiemenga
2nd term: Ralph Stob
Successor 1st term: Rienk Kuiper
2nd term: Henry Schultze
Spouse(s) Josie Kleinhuizen

Johannes Broene (1875 – 1967) was an academic and twice served as president of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US. He was born in Muskegon, Michigan, and his father was a minister of the Christian Reformed Church. Broene attended the University of Michigan and Valparaiso University, from which he graduated in 1906. He went on to do graduate work at Clark University and pursued his doctorate at Clark, while working as a teacher and later principal of Christian schools in Paterson, New Jersey, and Chicago, Illinois. He joined the Calvin College faculty in 1908, teaching primarily in Philosophy and Education. In 1925 he was asked to serve one year as the interim president of Calvin College. He reluctantly accepted the appointment, and was re-appointed the next year. In 1928 he was appointed as acting president.

During his tenure, Calvin College received accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. He was adept at finding a middle ground when the board and faculty disagreed over administrative issues. Broene never felt comfortable with the administrative and fund-raising duties attached to the office of president and repeatedly asked to be released from the appointment. The Board of Trustees complied at the end of 1929 but in 1940 again asked him to serve as an interim president for one year. He officially retired from Calvin College in 1945, but continued teaching until 1951.

He was married to Josie Kleinhuizen and the two had no children.

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Preceded by
John J. Hiemenga
President of Calvin College
Succeeded by
Rienk B. Kuiper
Preceded by
Ralph Stob
President of Calvin College
Succeeded by
Henry Schultze