Carl J. Strikwerda

Carl J. Strikwerda (born 1952) is an American historian. He was the president of Elizabethtown College until 2019.

He is the former dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has also previously worked at the University of Kansas. On October 1, 2011, Strikwerda was inaugurated as Elizabethtown College's fourteenth president. Strikwerda earned a bachelor's degree in history at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a master's degree in history from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in European history from the University of Michigan. He served as an historical consultant to the National World War One Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. He also served as treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences whose headquarters he brought to the College of William and Mary while he served there as dean. Currently, he serves as a member of the board of directors of the Council for European Studies, as a member of the President's Trust of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and as a member of the Board of Directors of public radio and TV station WITF. His op-eds and essays have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, and Inside Higher Ed. He is married to Gail M. Bossenga, who graduated from Calvin College, received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan, and writes on eighteenth century France and the origins of the French Revolution. She is currently scholar-in-residence at Elizabethtown College. The couple have two children, Laurna Strikwerda, who lives in Washington, D.C. and works as a specialist on the Mideast, and Tim Strikwerda, who lives in Oregon and is pursuing doctoral studies on Japan. Laurna is married to Ian Ward. Provided by Wikipedia