Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic and Dominican tradition, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good.
With 1,900 students, 63 academic and 23 athletic programs, and only 11 students per faculty member, the wooded, 117-acre campus provides a close-knit learning environment. Aquinas develops students who thrive in all dimensions of life with an experience woven with the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, service, and community.
Dr. Kevin Quinn President
Dr. Kevin Quinn is Aquinas College’s eighth president. He became president in 2017.
President Quinn is new to Aquinas but has dedicated the majority of his career to Catholic higher education. He comes to Aquinas from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. Dr. Quinn was named the founding dean of the Schneider School of Business and Economics in 2014, and has been at St. Norbert College since 1994.
Prior to the inauguration of the Schneider School, President Quinn served as the College’s associate academic dean, as associate dean of the social sciences, and coordinator for the economics discipline. He led the successful revitalization of St. Norbert College’s general education curriculum, and served as the founding director of the Sport and Society Conference Series co-produced with the Green Bay Packers.
President Quinn earned a B.S. in 1983 in Physics and Mathematics from Loyola University in Chicago, an M.B.A. in Marketing and Economics from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) in 1989, and a Ph.D. in energy and environmental economics from UIC.
Prior to earning his Ph.D., President Quinn worked in the private sector in aerospace and medical imaging industries. A native of the Chicago area, Dr. Quinn taught at Loyola and at UIC before arriving at St. Norbert. His primary research focus during the past number of years has been in the field of sports economics. One of his books, Sports and Their Fans, which examines the history, economics and culture of the relationship between spectator and sport, grew out of material that he had gathered for his Econ 340 students.
Kevin and his wife Terry have been married for more than 30 years.
Jonathan Hankins Community Relations Officer
A native of East Grand Rapids and Albion College ’95 alumnus, Jon developed a passion for non-profit community development and ultimately philanthropy when working 12 years for nationally recognized workforce development non-profit, Trillium Employment Services, in the greater Seattle and Western Washington region.
Returning to his Grand Rapids roots in 2010, Jon worked for six years at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County as their Corporate Relations Manager.
In June 2017, Jon moved into higher education fundraising and today serves as Aquinas College Foundation’s Community Relations Officer.
Cynthia VanGelderen Chair of Accounting Department and Director of the Master of Management Program