Kurt D. Dykstra is the president and CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, a role he assumed in July 2022. In this capacity, Dykstra has the overall responsibility of, among other items, leading the organization, working with its Board of Directors, and interfacing with a wide array of partners and organizational constituents to enhance ICI’s mission of advancing independent higher education as a strong educational option for students—and a strong economic force in the State of Indiana.
Dykstra brings a broad array of relevant knowledge and experience to ICI. He has served as a college president (Trinity Christian College in Illinois); a financial services executive (Mercantile Bank of Michigan); an attorney in private practice (Warner Norcross & Judd in Michigan and Reinhart Boerner VanDeuren in Wisconsin); and a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Ann Walsh Bradley of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He also was elected to three terms as Mayor of Holland, Mich.; taught as a part-time member of the faculty at Hope College in Michigan; and has served on numerous local and national boards, both in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors.
A first-generation college graduate, Dykstra has experienced the transformative power of independent higher education. He has studied at two ICI-like institutions—Northwestern College in Iowa (graduating with high honors) and Marquette University in Wisconsin (graduating first in his law school class and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Marquette Law Review). He also has studied in the United Kingdom at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Dykstra and his wife, Leah, have two adult daughters and reside in downtown Indianapolis.