A public reception to welcome Kolkman is planned for 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 in the Hinsdale Central Community Room, 55th & Grant streets, Hinsdale.
Kolkman comes from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, where he has been assistant principal since July 2008, specializing in both operations and student services. He worked as assistant principal for one year at Glenbard East High School in Lombard after serving the school for four years as its athletic director. Kolkman’s teaching and non-administrative roles include nine years at Naperville Central High School as a teacher, coach and assistant athletic director and one year as a teacher and coach at Herscher High School in Herscher, Ill.
He replaces Michael McGrory, who announced earlier this year he was leaving Hinsdale Central earlier.
“This has been an intense process with a number of highly-qualified candidates,” said Superintendent Bruce Law. “Ultimately, the feedback I received from district stakeholders as well as the results of the Board’s and my own candidate interviews concluded that Dr. Kolkman was the right person at the right time for this position.”
Kolkman will officially begin as principal July 1, 2014, but said he plans on becoming a familiar face at the school prior to his start date.
“In the coming months I look forward to spending a great deal of time with the Hinsdale Central family,” he said. “In my previous experience as a classroom teacher, coach and school administrator, establishing positive connections with students, faculty and the community has been the foundation of my work. Each and every example of my administrative leadership is rooted in building relationships with others and engaging in collaborative decision-making with stakeholders while working toward a shared vision of excellence.”
Kolkman holds a Superintendents Endorsement as well as a Type 75-General Administrative Certification and a Type 9-Teaching Certificate. He earned his doctorate in education from Aurora University, his master’s degree in educational leadership from North Central College and his bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University.
Kolkman lives in Naperville with his wife Kimberly and their two children, Andrew, 8, and Trevor, 4.