David Zietsma, Hamilton, CA
Dr. David Zietsma was appointed Redeemer’s 5th president on March 4, 2022.
Dr. Zietsma brings a wealth of experience, passion and vision to the president position. Prior to his current role, he had served as Redeemer’s interim president since May 2021, and as provost and vice president, academic prior to that, helping to accomplish Redeemer’s mission through a comprehensive vision that integrates university education and student development where faith, life and learning are vitally connected. As interim president, he provided crucial leadership in building an effective administrative team, leading the university’s Covid-19 response, and continuing to enhance a cohesive partnership between curricular and co-curricular programs, activities and staff.
Previous to 2020, Dr. Zietsma served in the vice president, external relations and enrolment position, working closely with stakeholders to increase Redeemer’s reach and impact. He also served as dean of humanities from 2010 to 2015, while also holding the appointment of associate provost, curriculum from 2013 to 2015. As a member of president’s council, he was deeply involved in developing the Redeemer 2020 Strategic Plan. He also led the development of the new core curriculum, which has been instrumental in getting students to think beyond the boundaries of their major area of study, integrating faith, life and learning. As vice president, external relations and enrolment, Dr. Zietsma helped lead new efforts in student recruitment, fundraising, and marketing, including tuition restructuring and the Re Campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in Redeemer’s history.