Shirley Roels, Executive Director
Phone: (+1) 616-526-7906
Dr. Shirley Roels is IAPCHE's Executive Director. A longtime member IAPCHE, Dr. Roels began formal leadership of IAPCHE on September 1, 2017. Dr. Roels previously served as the U.S. national director for the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). This group of over 200 colleges and universities in the United States was supported by the Council of Independent Colleges to enhance and promote the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students.
A graduate of Calvin College, Dr. Roels earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. degree in university administration from Michigan State University. Her first appointment in Christian higher education was with the University of Detroit-Mercy, where she became director of cost and financial analysis. Then she came to Calvin College to teach in the economics and business program, which she eventually chaired. During her career of more than three decades at Calvin, Dr. Roels served in a great variety of capacities: directing adult degree programs, leading as Dean of Academic Administration and then as Dean of Research and Scholarship. She then directed the college’s comprehensive vocation initiatives as well as the Van Lunen Center for the Executive Management of Christian Schools.
As a longtime member of IAPCHE, Dr. Roels has been a pioneer in developing Christian approaches and perspectives in the field of business and management. She has co-edited or co-authored several book-length studies, most notably Business through the Eyes of Faith (Harper and Row, 1990); On Moral Business, Classical and Contemporary Resources on Business Ethics (Eerdmans, 1995), and Organization Man, Organization Woman: Calling, Leadership and Culture (Abingdon, 1997). Her most recent work includes the editing of a spring 2015 issue of the Journal of Markets & Morality focusing on business life in the light of God's grace. Most recently she published an article in the journal Christian Higher Education that began as a presentation during IAPCHE's April 2016 European conference.