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Trustee Lee Hoekstra Receives Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award

EVANSTON, Illinois, May 2011 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary presented the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award to trustee Lee Hoekstra for his outstanding service in overseeing the renovations of Loder and Stead (formerly Lesemann) Halls.  Hoekstra received the award at the service of reconsecration for Loder and Stead Halls on May 12.

Hoekstra2When Garrett-Evangelical decided to seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, Hoekstra provided much needed expertise and leadership to the project. Hoekstra guided the project from beginning to end, ensuring that the building would sufficiently provide space for community (new lounges, kitchens, and study rooms), residence (36 residential rooms, hospitality lodging suites, prayer room, and a chapel), and learning (Cokesbury bookstore and a high-tech classroom).

In presenting the award to Hoekstra, President Philip Amerson said, “What an astonishing contribution Lee has made, and we are delighted to present the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award for his visionary stewardship of our campus renovations.” When presented with the award Hoekstra said, “It has been a pleasure working on this project, and I want to thank everyone who was involved, in particular John Carter and Cheryl Larsen.”

Lee Hoekstra joined Garrett-Evangelical’s Board of Trustees in 2002 serving on the Finance and Business Affairs Committee.  Within the last several years, Hoekstra has led the Facilities Committee, which focuses on the seminary’s deferred maintenance and renovation work.  Hoekstra has served as the treasurer of the board since 2008 and as a member of the Committee on Trusteeship since 2009.

Born in Corsica, South Dakota, Hoekstra earned his B.A. in Education at the University of South Dakota.  He spent over thirty years in various positions in divisions of the Jewel-Osco Company.  He also operates Aspen Custom Homes, a custom homebuilding company in Naperville, Illinois.  He and his wife, Margeret, are members of Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville, where Lee has held various positions of lay leadership.

The Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award is presented in the name and spirit of Eliza Clark Garrett, who was the inspiration and chief benefactor/founder of Garrett Biblical Institute.  The award is given to honor persons who by their imaginative acts of communal restoration and healing reflect God's mission and purposes for our world.

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 400 students from many denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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