Michael K. Le Roy is the current President of Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. Dr. Le Roy was born in La Mesa, California and grew up in Bainbridge Island, Washington. He attended Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington where he studied international studies and peace studies. While studying at Whitworth, Le Roy traveled and studied in three Central American countries in the midst of civil war. He worked on trade policy in apartheid-era South Africa through an internship with the Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Whitworth is also where he met his future wife, Andrea.
Dr. Le Roy went on to complete his Ph.D. in political science at Vanderbilt University in 1994. Dr. Le Roy also studied on a Fulbright Scholarship at University of Gothenburg in Goteberg, Sweden, and taught as a visiting professor at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. From 1994-2002, Le Roy taught political science at Wheaton College (Illinois) where he chaired the department of politics and international relations, developed a new international relations major and served for six years as the director of the Wheaton in Europe program. Dr. Le Roy was recognized with Wheaton’s Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998. He earned the Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Political Science Association in 1999.
In 2002 he returned to Whitworth where he taught political science for three years before being appointed vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty.
On June 11, 2012, Dr. Le Roy became the 10th president of Calvin College.